Sept 9, 2011
Tony Blair has backed “regime change” in Iran and Syria in an interview to mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The former prime minister told The Times he blames “external factors” such as Iran for prolonging the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq so long.
He also suggests Iran’s threat to the area remains “immense” and the West must be prepared to use force if Tehran pursues its nuclear ambitions.
“Regime change in Tehran would immediately make me significantly more optimistic about the whole of the region,” Mr Blair said.
But he insisted he was not advocating military action – instead, he wants countries to use determination to face down the threat.