Keys: it's a cynical attempt to sanitise legacy.
In his memoirs Mr Blair said he was "sorry for the lives cut short" but did not regret the decision to go to war.
He added that there had been many tears shed over the loss of life.
But Reg Keys, from Llanuwchllyn, near Bala, whose son Tom was killed in Iraq, said: "They seem to me like crocodile tears. It is a cynical attempt to sanitise his legacy."
Mr Blair acknowledges that "we did not anticipate the role of al-Qaida or Iran" in planning for the aftermath of the conflict, which saw bloodshed continue long after the defeat of Saddam's regime.
The former prime minister said he was angry at the way he was questioned at the Iraq Inquiry, when he was asked whether he had any regrets about the decision to go to war.
He said Sir John Chilcot's inquiry had "inevitably turned into a trial of judgement and even good faith" rather than being about learning the lessons of the conflict.
But whereas the "anger" he felt at the questioning faded, the "anguish" remained.
"The anguish arises from a sense of sadness that goes beyond conventional description or the stab of compassion you feel on hearing tragic news.
"Tears, though there have been many, do not encompass it. I feel desperately sorry for them, sorry for the lives cut short, sorry for the families whose bereavement is made worse by the controversy over why their loved ones died, sorry for the utterly unfair selection that the loss should be theirs."
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Sep 2, 2010|
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