God Will Judge That You Were WRONG Mr Blair; OUT RAGE AT PM'S IRAQ WAR 'ARROGANCE' ON PARKINSON

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God Will Judge That You Were WRONG Mr Blair; OUT RAGE AT PM'S IRAQ WAR 'ARROGANCE' ON PARKINSON


Byline: By MATT ROPER

TONY Blair believes that God will judge him over his decision to invade Iraq.

The Prime Minister told ITV chat-show host Michael Parkinson: "If you have faith about these things, then you realise that judgment is made by other people. If you believe in God, it's made by God as well."

The controversial remark outraged families of servicemen who have died in Iraq and sparked debate over whether the PM overstepped the mark by mixing politics and religion.

Here, our panel - some who have lost loved ones in Iraq - give their views on the PM's comments...

ROSE GENTLE

CAMPAIGNER for Military Families Against The War, whose son Gordon was killed in Basra in 2004, aged 19.

'I HOPE my boy isn't with the same God Tony Blair prays to.

What kind of God would justify the deaths of thousands of people? If there is a God, He'll judge Mr Blair to have made the wrong decision - one for which I and many other British families have already been punished.

I know my son would also think that Mr Blair was totally out of order. Thanks to him, I'll never see Gordon grow up. He's constantly in my mind and the grief is sometimes too much.

That's why I was disgusted by Mr Blair's comments.

Since his interview, I've received lots of texts from boys out in Iraq and they're all laughing at Mr Blair. One said: "Tell Tony Blair to ask God for a date to bring us back."'

COL TIM COLLINS

COMMANDED 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment in Iraq.

'As a Christian myself, I believe that, one day, we'll all be called to account by God for our actions.

And if Mr Blair lied about why he was going to war, he'll have a big problem on Judgment Day.

God doesn't start wars - men do. I'm sure God already knew there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when Mr Blair was saying there were.

He wouldn't approve of sending 103 soldiers to their deaths on a pack of lies and He wouldn't have planned a war without providing for the welfare of the Iraqi people.

The fact that there wasn't any such plan - and hundreds of Iraqis are dying every day - suggests to me that God didn't have much to do with it.'

REG KEYS

FATHER of Lance Corp. Tom Keys, killed by a mob in Majar Al-Kabir, in June 2003. Reg stood against Mr Blair in his Sedgfield constituency in the general election.

'FORGET God, I'll judge Mr Blair myself... and I find him guilty on all counts.

He's guilty of not telling the truth, not showing restraint and not acting with integrity.

God and religion has nothing to do with this war.

Saddam wasn't threatening this country and don't tell me that Iraq is a better place.

There are more people dying there daily than at any time before the war. Mr Blair is using God as a get-out for total strategic failure.

My son and too many other young men gave their lives for this country on the basis of the Prime Minister's lies.

I'm not a religious person but I have grave concerns about a PM who deploys troops to war when he believes in a God who says, "Thou shalt not kill."

If Mr Blair does one day face his creator, God help I him.'

REV JOHN MANN

VICAR of St James Church, Glasgow, who conducted the funeral of Fusilier Gordon Gentle in 2004. …

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