On the war Mr Murdoch was equally unequivocal. “We can’t back down now. I think Bush is acting very morally, very correctly, and I think he is going to go on with it,” he said.
“The fact is, a lot of the world can’t accept the idea that America is the one superpower in the world,” he added.
Mr Murdoch said the price of oil would be the war’s main benefit on the world economy.
“The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy, if you could put it that way, would be $20 a barrel for oil. That’s bigger than any tax cut in the any country.”
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch said on Monday he had no regrets about supporting the US-led invasion of Iraq and argued that the US death toll in the conflict was “minute” from a historical perspective.
The conservative News Corp chief spoke on the eve of US elections where President George W Bush’s Republican Party was expected to lose seats in part due to a backlash over the war.
“The death toll, certainly of Americans there, by the terms of any previous war are quite minute,” Murdoch told reporters at a conference in Tokyo.
“Of course no one likes any death toll, but the war now, at the moment, it’s certainly trying to prevent a civil war and to prevent Iraqis killing each other.”
Perhaps if Rupert read a little more widely, he’d understand why the US is so hated in Iraq.