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10/10/01
Blair: Never Forget Why We Are at War
- PM stresses moral purpose amidst signs of decreasing public support for bombing campaign

TONY BLAIR is to pull all the emotional levers at his disposal in a bid to shore up support for the war in Afghanistan; support which is now dwindling among the general public.

Blair is due to appear at a gathering of Welsh supporters today and the pre-released text of his speech shows the Prime Minister in tub-thumping mood. "Whatever our faults, Britain is a moral nation with a strong sense of right and wrong. And that moral fibre will defeat fanaticism, terrorists and their supporters," runs the Blair speech.

"It is important that we never forget why we are doing this; never forget how we felt watching the planes fly into the trade towers."

Blair's emotional intervention comes as support for the Allied war effort has dropped from 74 per cent to 62 among British adults over the last two weeks, according to an ICM poll. Yesterday, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw accused sections of the media of "wobble" despite the near blanket backing the press has given to the US/British bombing campaign and despite the fact a mere handful of journalists are actually in Afghanistan to report on the civilian casualties.



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