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Tony Blair to donate proceeds from memoir to charity

This may be as close as we ever come to getting an admission that joining the war in Iraq was a mistake from one of its prime instigators. The Globe and Mail is reporting that Tony Blair, the British prime minister responsible for signing on to George W. Bush’s war on terror and committing thousands of British troops to a misguided (and possibly even illegal) war in Iraq, has agreed to donate the proceeds from his forthcoming memoir to a new charity that will support British soldiers who have been injured in battle.

From the Globe:

The Royal British Legion said Monday that the former prime minister has agreed to give all proceeds from A Journey to its Battle Back Challenge Center. The center opens in 2012 and will provide state of the art sports facilities and rehabilitation services for seriously wounded personnel.

Publisher Random House paid an estimated $7.5 million (U.S.) for Blair’s personal account of his time in power, due to be published next month.

Blair spokesman Matthew Doyle said Monday that Blair’s donation includes the advance and all royalties.