AZNAR DEFENDS HIS DECISION

During an interview on BBC Radio 4 last week to mark the fifth anniversary of the Allied invasion of Iraq, former Prime Minister José María Aznar said his decision to send a Spanish peace-keeping force “was the correct one” and that he would do the same again if he had to. He said the Iraqis were better off without Sadam Hussein, “they can participate in elections and speak freely”. He said there was freedom in the country and there exited the possibility of a democracy”. Sr Aznar’s decision to join the Allies was very unpopular and cost his party the 2004 election, held three days after an Islamist terrorist bomb attack on trains in Madrid killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800. In reply, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Iraq was one of the most dangerous places in the world today.

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