Tony Blair, the special envoy of the Quartet of Middle East peace-broker nations, said Friday that he would like to see changes in the regimes of Iran and Syria. Interviewed by The Times of London to mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the former British prime minister said, "If Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons capability it would destabilise the region very, very badly," adding, "They continue to support groups that are engaged with terrorism and the forces of reaction." He said that the international community must be ready to use force against Iran if it pursues its nuclear ambitions, but made it clear that he was not proposing military action.
Referring to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Blair said, "He is not going to lead the program of change in Syria now. He has shown he is not capable of reform. His position is untenable. There is no process of change that leaves him intact."