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A Matter of PrincipleHumanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq$
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Thomas Cushman, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244863

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244863.001.0001

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The Threat of Global Terrorism

The Threat of Global Terrorism

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(p.340) 24 The Threat of Global Terrorism
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A Matter of Principle
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Tony Blair

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0025

A large portion of the British public says that the government should concentrate on the issues that elected the politicians in 1997: the economy, jobs, living standards, health, education, and crime. But it was known too that the nature of the issue over Iraq couldn't just be swept away as ill-fitting the preoccupations of the man and woman on the street. Iraq was an imminent threat to Britain and was preparing to attack them. An explanation of how Tony Blair's own thinking, as a political leader, has evolved during the past few years is presented. The global threat to their security was clear. So was their duty: to act to eliminate it. Blair believed that Iraq would be better without Saddam; but no doubt either, that as a result of his removal, the dangers of the threat they faced would be diminished.

Keywords:   Tony Blair, global terrorism, Iraq, economy, jobs, health, education, crime, political leader, Saddam

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