Karolina Tagaris reports for Reuters from London today that former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday he could not have imagined what he called the "nightmare" that unfolded in Iraq, but still did not regret joining the U.S.-led invasion.
In a political memoir Blair echoed previous statements that the 2003 invasion was justified because Saddam Hussein posed a threat and could have developed weapons of mass destruction.
The self-penned volume "A Journey" was published on the day the United States formally ended combat operations in Iraq after a conflict that claimed more than 100,000 deaths, most of them civilians.
It is perplexing to me that Blair says he "could not have imagined" the "nightmare" in Iraq, when a prophecy of catastrophic doom on the "land of the Chaldeans" -- now modern-day Iraq -- is written so clearly in the Bible there in Jeremiah chapters 50 through 51: invasion, capture, execution, burning, abandonment, civil war, plundering, flood and drought, culminating in utter desolation and emptiness of the land.
At no time in the history of the world has all of that happened to the land of the Chaldeans, the area now populated by the modern-day Iraqis, so it must refer to events that have not yet happened. To "invade" and "capture" that land, should have been a tip-off that the rest of the "nightmare" could and would follow. Has he never ever read the Bible?