TONY BLAIR FALSELY CLAIMS HE IS PURSUING DIPLOMATIC OPTIONS
[ 7 March 2002 ]
On 7 March 2002, there was a two hour discussion in Cabinet on the possibility of military action against Iraq. The word ‘invasion’ was never mentioned. Tony Blair informed ministers that ‘all options were still open,’ although he had already reassured American president George W. Bush, who was committed to the use of massive military force in a combined air and land offensive, that ‘You can count on us whatever.’ No papers were presented at the discussion and strangely no minister made any comment on their absence during the crucial meeting. 1
MI6 ARRANGE THE RENDITION OF A LIBYAN DISSIDENT AND HIS WIFE TO LIBYA
[ 7 March 2004 ]
Abdel Hakim Belhaj was a Libyan dissident belonging to an organisation, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which though banned in Libya was not considered to be a terrorist organization by the British.
DAVID CAMERON INSISTS HE DOESN’T NEED U.N. APPROVAL TO BOMB LIBYA
[ 7 March 2011 ]
On 7 March 2011, Prime Minister David Cameron informed the Cabinet that, although it might ideally be preferable, he didn’t see United Nations approval, as a necessary prerequisite for British military action in Libya. 2
- Tom Bower, Tony Blair: The Tragedy of Power, Faber and Faber, London, 2016, p. 239.
- Anthony Seldon and Peter Snowdon, Cameron at 10: The Inside Story, 2010-15, William Collins, London, 2015, p. 102.
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