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VERBATIM: Blair's 'sorrow' over Iraq failings

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The decision to go to war in Iraq and to remove Saddam Hussein from power in a coalition of the 40 countries led by the United States of America was the hardest, most momentous, most agonizing decision I took in my 10 years as British Prime Minister. For all of this, I express more sorrow, regret.
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Only two things, I cannot say. It's claimed by some of that by removing Saddam, we caused the terrorism today in the Middle East, and it would've been better to have left him in power. I profoundly disagree. Secondly, I will never agree that those who died, or were injured, made their sacrifice in vain.
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I know there are those who can never forget or forgive me for having taken this decision and who think that I took it dishonestly. As the report makes clear, there were no lies, Parliament and Cabinet were not mislead, there was no secret commitment to war, intelligence was not falsified and the decision was made in good faith.