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Iraq 2003; Libya 2011 – doing the right thing

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Iraq 2003

Tony Blair, UK House of Commons – March 13, 2003:

This is the time for this house, not just this government or indeed this prime minister, but for this house to give a lead, to show that we will stand up for what we know to be right, to show that we will confront the tyrannies and dictatorships and terrorists who put our way of life at risk, to show at the moment of decision that we have the courage to do the right thing.

Libya 2011

David Cameron, House of Commons – March 18, 2011:

We simply can not stand back and let a dictator whose people have rejected him, kill his people indiscriminately. […] The choice we have made is to play our part in joint international action to enforce international law: to uphold the will of the United Nations Security Council; to respond to the calls from Arab countries and the Arab League; and to do the right thing for the people of Libya who want greater freedoms, and above all for the UK’s own national interest.


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