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McCartney condemns Bush and Blair over 'cowardly' cluster bombs

Sir Paul McCartney thinks it is too early to say whether Tony Blair and George Bush's war on Iraq was right or not.

The musician says only "time will tell" whether it was right to invade the country to topple Saddam's regime.

He has also voiced his concerns about the way in which the war has been conducted in Iraq.

Describing himself as a "pacifist" he has told the BBC: "I felt that the UN all agreed that Saddam should be made to disarm. They didn't agree on how to do it."

Speaking about cluster bombs he added: "It would be great to outlaw these cowardly weapons. What happens after the war finishes is that it's the civilians - mainly women and children - who get blown up. A lot of people agree that there are other ways to do it. I don't want anyone to fight anyone."

The interview, to be broadcast during the 'Breakfast' show, coincides with the release of War Child's Hope album featuring tracks by Sir Paul, David Bowie and Cat Stevens - his first pop song for more than 25 years - is released to raise money for children in Iraq.

Sir Paul also discussed the bizarre life of Michael Jackson and his children. "I hope that his heart's in the right place, but he's a very unusual guy," he said. "I feel sorry for the kids being brought up under those veils whereas I was keen to send my kids to ordinary school and just throw them into the lion's den."

In another interview Sir Paul revealed that Robbie Williams stole his thunder with his collection of swing classics.

The former Beatle has said he was planning to record a selection of Rat Pack tunes, but had to abandon the idea when Williams did the same with chart-topper Swing When You're Winning. Sir Paul - currently playing a four-night stint at London's Earls Court - dropped his plan for fear of being branded a copycat.

In the interview with the Real Radio network to be broadcast, he told presenter Terry Underhill of his abandoned plan.


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