Angry critics took to social media Sunday to denounce Tony Blair's assertion that the 2003 invasion of Iraq is not to blame for the current insurgency in that country.
In an essay issued Sunday, the former British prime minister said the West's failure to intervene in the Syrian civil war is the reason for the violence engulfing neighboring Iraq.
Blair led Britain to join the U.S.-led intervention in 2003, and is now a Middle East peace envoy.
His comments were met with a barrage of rage and ridicule on Twitters, with some posters saying he should be removed from his envoy role and others saying he should be tried for war crimes.
Here's a sampling of some of the tweets:
#tonyblair was wrong in 2003, wrong about Syria and wrong about Iraq again now. He will never learn....— Robbie Williams (@RobWilliams100) June 15, 2014
Lets give #tonyblair weapons with no bullets, protective gear but no helmet and a one way ticket to Iraq.— chloe-marie stanley (@fortheairwaves) June 15, 2014
#TonyBlair Warmonger & Megalomaniac. Needs Locking Up. Now he wants To bomb Iraq & Syria .The man is Insane.— Tony Aspinall (@oldsilvertone) June 15, 2014