Announcing that British troops were now fully engaged in military action, last night the Prime Minister defended the decision to go to war with overtly religious language.
In a short televised speech which focused on the twin goals of removing Saddam Hussein from power, and disarming Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, he suggested that the final result ìwould be a blessing to the Iraqi people.î
His focus also extended beyond the current conflict. Hinting that Iraq would not be the last nation to be targeted in the 'War Against Terrorism' he talked of other states who he said; ìdo not care for the sanctity of human lifeî ñ a comment that will infuriate many Pro-Life campaigners who have consistently accused the Prime Minister of doing the same thing.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the ìdeep divisionsî of opinion within the country, but said that it was now time to unite in remembering the armed forces in ìour thoughts and prayers.î
But, Blair warned, whilst retreat from military action might give ìa moment of respiteî this would be followed by ìyears of repentance.î
ìIt is true Saddam is not the only threat. But it is true also - as we British know - that the best way to deal with future threats peacefully, is to deal with present threats with resolveî he said.