Iraq, Syria and the Middle East – An essay by Tony Blair

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Tony Blair’s capacity for misunderstanding is incomprehensible. Britain and the United States destabilized the Middle East. Whatever the intent, the result has been a catastrophe in the making. The Arab Spring did not cause this current mess. There is some evidence that we caused the Arab Spring. Destabilizing governments, even bad ones, is always problematic. We should have learned that by now.

We were naïve about the Arab uprisings which began in 2011. Evolution is preferable to revolution. I said this at the time, precisely because of what we learnt from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sometimes evolution is not possible. But where we can, we should be helping countries make steady progress towards change. We should be actively trying to encourage and help the reform process and using the full weight of the international community to do so.

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