Tony Blair has started to give evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war.
What is striking, to me at least, is that he displays the same degree of fanaticism as the terrorists he sought to fight.
"..Those of us who dealt with terrorism by the IRA [knew] their terrorism was directed towards political purposes, it was within a framework you could understand. That completely changed from that moment – Iran, Libya, North Korea, Iraq ... All of this had to be brought to an end..."
It seems to me that had the Iraq invasion been a "success", then the US and UK would have happily wandered the globe regime changing (and starting wars) at will.
I well recall Blair giving a speech a few years ago in which he said that Afghanistan had become a "crucible" in the fight against terror.
All very well, but did the people who live in that country ask for it to be turned into a crucible?
Sadly fanaticism occurs in "democracies", not just dictatorships.