British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday that fledgling democracy in Iraq deserves support even from critics who question whether sacrifices in the 3-year-old war have been worthwhile.
"The war, I know, split the world," Blair said. "The struggle of Iraqis for democracy should unite it."
The prime minister was a rare European ally of President George W. Bush in going to war, and like Bush he has suffered political consequences. Large majorities in both countries now say they disapprove the way each man has handled his job and the war, which they justified Thursday at a news conference news conference by the overthrow of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.