Poll: Did Tony Blair make his decision in GOOD FAITH?
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Yes, the evidence proves he did 45.45% 5 45.45%
No, I believe he lied to us, and had an agenda 27.27% 3 27.27%
I am still unsure 27.27% 3 27.27%
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Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
03-05-2005, 09:04 AM
Post: #1
Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?

Like most of us I have been avidly watching all the interviews, reports on the election, but one story is still taking centre stage - IRAQ.

I have listened to Tony Blair's justification for going to war, and frankly, I believe him, and I think he made the right decision.

This poll isn't "Was Tony Blair going to war justified?", but the question of whether or not he made his decision for the benefit of our country, or for one of the frankly absurd other supposed reasons given for why we went to war.

I saw him on Ask Tony Blair last night, and the evidence suggests he is telling the truth.

There have been 4 seperate, independant enquiries into this, and each one has found in favour of Blair.

As far as I can see Tony Blair was given intelligence that showed that Saddam Hussain posed a threat to his region, and a potential threat to the United Kingdon.

He was then faced with a decision, he tried his best to get a second UN resolution, but because of France's financial ties with Iraq, he couldn't get it, so was left with no alternative.

He gave Saddam chance after chance to comply with the UN, but Saddam never did.

I believe Tony Blair had no other alternative, and exhausted all avenues, and was left simply with no choice. Could he seriously let a man who has already caused problems with Kuwait and Iran, continue in his project to arm Iraq with WMDs? (ok we haven't found any, but we've found proof that he wanted to, and he would have done, if we hadn't stepped in).

People talk about the intelligence that Tony Blair was given, and how he "sexed" them up. That is simply media rubbish, he didn't. The media mixed up different bits of intelligence.

There was an intelligence report that classed itself as speradic and patchy, the media goes and reports that Tony Blair claimed that it wasn't. The problem is that Mr Blair was talking about a completely seperate piece of intelligence.

With all this in mind, I think we should feel proud of our Prime Minister.

He tried his best to tame Saddam Hussain through the diplomatic process, giving him ultimatum and ultimatum to comply with the UN. Saddam continued to defy us, because he had evil plans.

In the end Tony Blair decided and made a very difficult and unpopular view, for which he has suffered, and knew that he was going to suffer for the protection of our country.


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03-05-2005, 11:42 AM
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Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
Was Tony lying? Yes probably.

Did he make the right decision? I believe so.

Should all the information have been made public? Absolutely not

I think there is a whole load of sensitive information that will never come to light over the true reason(s) for the Iraq war, and nor should they, in my opinion. I firmly believe that in situations like this the public should not be informed of every last detail of international security. Sensitive information is exactly that, and should be kept between the people with the knowledge and power to make the necessary decisions based on it. The government is elected to make decisions on our behalf and of course they are party to privileged information. No government can release high security information to the general public without releasing it to the rest of the world and thereby showing their hand.

This may seem duplicitous, but it's the nature of government. They are there to protect the general public, not inform them. Otherwise we'd be in a situation where the public were asked to vote on every small detail of policy on a weekly basis - this is clearly unworkable and subject to media slant and/or corruption.

I believe the government acted in the public interest, and that if Tony had been on some personal crusade, the rest of the cabinet would have exposed him long ago. Obviously as PM he is the front man and face of any UK policy, but I don't believe any decision is his alone, nor should he be held personally responsible.

Also I don't believe the situation in Iraq is about the UK at all - it was about the global community and the global economy. Yes it may well have been about oil, but then if a worldwide resource is being held to ransom, action must be taken to resolve the situation for the greater good.

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03-05-2005, 01:57 PM
Post: #3
Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
Okay Hugh. This poll isn't about the war, you said, so I'll respond to your poll rather than your comments. (Politicians suffering. Please. That, frankly, is absurd.)

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Do bears sh*t in the woods? Yes.
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03-05-2005, 02:13 PM
Post: #4
Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
Well done dab, except you haven't answered the question.

I didn't ask if politicians lie, ever.

I asked, "Do you think Tony Blair acted in good faith, when he began military action in Iraq".

You obviously don't have anything to add to this conversation, except mindless drivel. This is supposed to be a discussion about whether or not Tony Blair acted in good faith, based upon the intelligence he had at the time.

Why don't you read up on the Butler Report or something, so that you can join in the conversation and have something of interest to add.

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03-05-2005, 02:19 PM
Post: #5
Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
Hugh, it appears that you may be mistaking me for someone who cares enough about your opinions to discuss them with you.
03-05-2005, 02:21 PM
Post: #6
Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
So why are you posting then?

Or are you hellbent on ruining a good discussion thread? :wacko:

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03-05-2005, 02:23 PM
Post: #7
Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
I'll stop, then. I wouldn't want to ruin your good discussion thread.
03-05-2005, 02:28 PM
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Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
If this is a discussion thread, shouldn't it be in the SO Corner/Soapbox forum?
03-05-2005, 02:36 PM
Post: #9
Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
I believe Tony Blair was honest and is an honest man. I don't believe there are many people in this world that can say they have never lied in their lifetimes. Tony Blair is likely to have lied some time in his life, but I don't believe he was lying about this. I also think it would be incorrect to say that becoming a politician makes you more of a liar.

I don't like the fact that there was a war in Iraq and haven't neccessarily agreed with it, however I certainly don't think Tony Blair is a liar. I believe he did what he thought was right at the time and people are going to criticise his every move no matter how much evidence there is pointing to the fact that he is an honest prime minister.

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03-05-2005, 03:11 PM
Post: #10
Do You Believe Tony Blair acted in good faith?
Good point ILS, can this be moved?

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