Father of war victim says attack was inevitable

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Reg Keys' son Tom was one of six redcap soldiers killed in 2003 and Mr Keys stood as an independent anti-war candidate in Tony Blair's Sedgefield constituency in the election. He said: "I've always been of the firm belief that you cannot go to a war at this scale [and] kill over 100,000 innocent civilians, without there being a price to pay.

"You cannot walk through such a conflict with impunity. And it was inevitable this was going to happen."

Mr Keys went on to describe Mr Blair's reaction to the bombings as having a thespian quality, although he said the Prime Minister did the right thing by returning from the G8 last week. "Having heard these speeches of condolences - I've heard them so many times now, especially these troops coming back in coffins - I feel it's almost got a thespian quality to it because he's delivered it so many times," Mr Keys said.

He called for a staged withdrawal from Iraq and said there could be more attacks if it did not happen.

"This will go on. We're not wanted there," he said.

Comments