Blair admitted today that he has had "to accept we haven't found them and we may never find them". He continues, however, to say that there was
"very clear evidence" of his desire to develop and use them.
Mr Blair said he had "to accept we haven't found them and we may never find them" - but that did not mean Saddam Hussein had not been a threat.
He said the former Iraqi leader had been in breach of UN resolutions and his weapons may have been "removed, hidden or destroyed".
Mr Blair also said US security concerns had to be tackled before British detainees at Guantanamo Bay are freed.
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This is a relatively shocking incident, the prime minister has finally admitted that the WMDs may never be found. This will be a shocking revelation,
especially with the elections coming up next year, the impact from this needs to be seen.
It's possible that Blair is just covering for himself and admitting his flaws, so next year he can say, for an election speech, "I made some
mistakes, yes, no one is perfect, and most importantly, I admitted those mistakes, and I am moving to correct them."
Crucially, he has now admitted that the war was, essentially, illegal, and this could give Saddam Hussein some leverage, meaning that he is still the
current President of Iraq, and as well as that, the 50+ British soldier deaths are now unjustified, unlike previously he has said to widows and
[edit on 6-7-2004 by John bull 1]