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  Blair: World will forgive Iraq war
Updated 18 July 2003, 08.41
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Prime Minister Tony Blair reckons the world will forgive the US and the UK for the Iraq war in years to come - even if it turns out Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction.

He said the country's ex-leader, Saddam Hussein, treated people so terribly that the UK and US would be forgiven for toppling him from power.

Blair made his comments in a speech to Congress - the US version of the House of Commons - while on an official visit.

Hiding

Tony Blair, his wife Cherie and US President George W Bush
Tony Blair, his wife Cherie and US President George W Bush

The main reason the US and UK went to war was because they believed Saddam was hiding weapons of mass destruction.

The weapons haven't turned up yet. But Mr Blair and US President George W Bush say they're still confident they will be found.

Mr Blair also said the UK would continue to stand by the US and praised the President.

Standing ovations

But he said the US should listen to other countries to get their support.

The American politicians were bowled over by Mr Blair's speech.

They gave him 17 standing ovations - that's when people stand up to clap because they're so impressed.

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