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Unpublishable letter - at least in full - just sent to The Guardian:

letters@guardian.co.uk

Dear Sir,

So, Tony Blair's speech was "low-key, conversational and reasoned" (leader, 29 September). And his "apology" on Iraq was a" rightly well-received milestone in his fragile rehabilitation with his critics". How nice. No matter that he abused the intelligence on WMD, overrode security warnings about unleashing more terrorist attacks, and deceived Parliament and the country over the nonsensical 'threat' posed by Iraq. No matter that he then launched an illegal and immoral invasion and occupation that has led to tens of thousands of violent and cruel deaths, untold misery, further destabilised the Middle East, weakened the UN, and increased the threat to Britons everywhere.

Even a kindly, if myopic, critic might conclude that Blair's political judgement on Iraq and in supporting Bush come-what-may was an appalling blunder, sufficiently bad to demand his resignation. A more dispassionate critic might well go further: that Blair ought to be tried for war crimes.

As for The Guardian? Well, clearly, you'd rather remain part of some grotesque agreement between reasonable gentlemen of the establishment. It wouldn't do for the paper to be +too+ critical. That way, you'd lose privileged access to Blair, the Cabinet and senior advisers as valued sources of fresh 'news' or off-the-record briefings. Future historians will note your dishonourable role in propping up Blair.

Yours faithfully,
David Cromwell
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