What if?

Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 4:30 | Posted in History, Iraq | Leave a comment

Tony Blair, reflecting his decision to join the war in Iraq (in Guardian), makes this remark:

On the other hand you have to take the decision and I look at the Middle East now and I think, well, if Saddam and his two sons were still running Iraq how many other people would have died and would the region be more stable?

That is exactly what I have been thinking about these last couple of years. Could the situation have been more unstable than it is now? Could it outright have been more stable?

We do not know and we are never going to know. Unfortunately, the “what if” option in history does not exist.

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