Blair in need of “psychiatric help” says Boris over “unhinged” views on Iraq

Is it “paper bag on head time” for Tony Blair? That’s what Boris Johnson has said after Blair refused to acknowledge that the violence currently sweeping through Iraq is the result of the 2003 invasion.

Writing in the Telegraph, Johnson said that Blair’s views were “unhinged”, and that his assertions “are so jaw-droppingly and breathtakingly at variance with reality that he surely needs professional psychiatric help.”

Johnson was responding to an essay published on Blair’s website, in which the former prime minister argues the case for further intervention in the Middle East, and says, “we have to liberate ourselves from the notion that ‘we’ have caused this. We haven’t.” 

Johnson’s comments came as an offensive by Sunni rebels led by ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, gained control of several strategic cities. The Iraqi government has subsequently claimed to have “regained the initiative”.  

Johnson said: “Blair’s argument (if that is the word for his chain of bonkers assertions) is that we were right in 2003, and that we would be right to intervene again.”

“Somebody needs to get on to Tony Blair and tell him to put a sock in it – or at least to accept the reality of the disaster he helped to engender. Then he might be worth hearing.”

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  • Anonymous

    Boris does not go far enough here. It's time for Blair to absquatulate anywhere where we don't have to watch or listen to his self righteous and sanctimonious views. Why does our media give this man any credence?

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  • Not all parts of the world understand democracy. Whatever their wrongs, Saddam, Assad, Mubarak etc were the legitimate regimes, we should have backed them not removed them (Saddam) or backed the rebels. Over 1 million people marched in London to protest against the Iraq War with at least 5 more supporting each one who were not marching. Blair ignored this "democracy" and caused a tipping of the balance of power in the region and all this has followed on. We need to learn to elect leaders with "Foresight", Churchill, not those who do not even possess "Hindsight", Blair.

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  • The problem is you cannot give liberty and democracy to islam peoples, Its sort of medevil . As the the world is getting smaller, The twin towers event, that sparked off the Iraq war,shows that this sort of militant activity is active within the western countries. The west has to try and deal with it. We call it terrorist. Military power is all they understand. Diplomacy is understood as weakness.
    So No Bush and Blair were not wrong as such by taking the fight over their- The trouble is with all the migration it is no time to sit back and think we can save on defence, or have a free and easy boarder. The west is now part of this messy system.

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  • There has never been democracy as we understand it in the Middle East, and why we are so keen to impose it is a mystery. 9/11 had nothing to do with Iraq, and everything to do with Saudi Arabia, whom we could not afford to offend, and who are our 'friends'. Our interventions in the Middle East, including Libya, have all been a disaster and brought down on our own heads the consequences. We now have jihadist fifth columns in every European country advocating their mediaeval version of Islam, including beheading, mutilation, stoning, and the subjection of women. Left-wing praise of multi-culturalism has allowed this to develop, and anyone opposed has been condemned as racist. The vast majority of Muslims are not jihadists or extremists, but they must do more within their own communities to stop extremist views being promulgated.

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