We Owe Tony Blair Another One

WSJ.com – U.K. May Join U.S.-Led War Without New U.N. Resolution
Even with dissension in his cabinet, Tony Blair is open to going to war even without an 18th UNSC resolution. He’s clearly risking his job for something he believes in. Let it happen soon.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair left open the possibility of joining a U.S.-led war against Iraq even without another United Nations resolution supporting such action.

Mr. Blair said during his monthly news conference Tuesday that war isn’t inevitable and that he still hopes to work through the U.N. Security Council to disarm the government of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. But the prime minister’s confident tone suggested he wasn’t rattled by an antiwar protest Saturday in which an estimated one million people marched through London.

Mr. Blair is struggling to hold together his own cabinet, some of whose members have deep reservations about being hustled into action by a Bush administration they see as having little regard for international opinion. So Mr. Blair has put more stress on the desirability of U.N. support than has Washington. Tuesday, however, he carefully avoided tying himself to any particular outcome of the current attempts by the U.S. and Britain to craft a new U.N. resolution that could provide at least the veneer of international backing for war.

When asked what he would do if no majority can be achieved in the U.N. Security Council for such a resolution, Mr. Blair said he wouldn’t speculate on that possibility. Last week’s report by the U.N.’s chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, has been construed by France and other nations as bolstering their position that more time should be given for inspections.

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