Blair slams Brown's weak leadership over Afghanistan
Posted by Ian at 9 11 PM on Saturday, January 30
TONY Blair has blamed weak leadership for the unpopularity of the war in Afghanistan.
In an apparent swipe at Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the former leader said more people would support the war if they understood the threat posed by Islamic extremism.
He told Spanish newspaper El Mundo: “What is needed is a strong political leadership which knows how to explain to the people the danger.
“The Taliban are still there. If we do not defeat them, they will again become as powerful as before September 11.”
Mr Blair made the comments as it emerged he is to have a private meeting in the next month with families of the 179 British soldiers killed in Iraq.
More than 100 relatives attended the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war last week and demanded he answer their questions.
A Ministry of Defence source said Mr Blair thought it was the “correct time” to meet them now he has finished giving evidence.
But Anna Aston, widow of Corporal Russell Aston, killed in June 2003, said: “There’s not a lot of point. He’s never going to express any regret.”