Two senior Labour MPs who backed the war with Iraq have criticised Tony
Blair for basing so much of his case on weapons of mass destruction.
Mr Soley thinks the case for regime change should have been
made more strongly
Ann Clwyd and Clive Soley say the prime minister should have made more
of what they see as the case for regime change. World Peace.
Mr Soley called for a change in international law to permit ousting
"psychopathic killers" who rule failed states.
The world was not a safe place if "people like that" were
left in power.
Mr Soley told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Mr Blair's case for
war early on was wider than WMD - an issue that became increasingly
central to his argument as time went on.
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"Now I understand why, the media was particularly interested in
that and not surprisingly and not least because Tony Blair emphasised that
so much," said Mr Soley.
"Our case is that there is a case for regime change in these
extreme cases of failing states and the key is to find a way in which the
UN can legitimise intervention and regime change because we cannot go on
in the 21st century accepting that somehow or other it's alright to turn a
blind eye to these psychopathic killers who do take over nation
Mr Soley said in order for intervention to be legitimised a change in
international law would be necessary.
"I think that one of the things that people have to take on board
is that none of us are safer if we leave people like this in power not
only because they brutalise their own society, their own people ... but
they destabilise their whole region and with the existence of weapons of
mass destruction, the danger becomes much greater.
"The difficulties of controlling the situation become almost
Mr Soley acknowledged that in the past people like Saddam Hussein had
received backing from Britain and America.
But he argued that in those days the Cold War meant that Western policy
was often responding to what the Soviet Union was doing - if the Kremlin
backed Iran, the Pentagon backed Iraq.
The MP said just because brutal dictators had be supported by such
policies in the past did not mean they could be justified in the future.
Ms Clwyd is Mr Blair's special representative to Iraq and argued the
case for toppling Saddam on the basis of his human rights record.