[Media-watch] Blair remark on Saddam is revealed - Gulf Daily News
[Bahrain] - 12/10/2004
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Tue Oct 12 19:23:27 BST 2004
Vol XXVII NO. 206 Tuesday 12 October 2004
Blair remark on Saddam is revealed
SINGAPORE: Malaysia's former leader claimed yesterday that British Prime
Minister Tony Blair had told him that ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein
had to be removed from power because the US-led coalition was unwilling to
wait for him to die naturally.
Mahathir Mohamad, a fierce critic of the war in Iraq, said he spoke with the
British leader before the US-led invasion of the country, adding that he
urged Blair to be patient and wait for Hussein, 67, to die.
"But Blair said, 'Well Saddam Hussein is too young. He's not going to die
soon enough,"' Mahathir said in a speech delivered in Singapore.
In London, a Downing Street spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
had no immediate comment on Mahathir's claim, though he said of Blair's
alleged remark: "I don't recognise it as you describe it."
Mahathir didn't give further details about his conversation with Blair.
His comments came as a new AP poll showed nearly two-thirds of people in
Britain disapprove of how Blair's government has been handling the war on
The poll also revealed that three-fourths of Britons say they believe
military action in Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism.
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