BLAIR VISITS BAGHDAD Tony Blair has met with Iraq's Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in a high-risk visit to Baghdad. Security was tight and Mr Blair's trip had been kept a secret until he touched down in the Iraqi capital. Mr Blair's helicopter flight into Baghdad's Green Zone followed a news blackout by Downing Street. Despite heavy security, the Green Zone has been the scene of numerous deadly attacks by insurgents. Mr Blair went straight into talks at the US embassy with the American commander of the multi-national force, General George Casey and his British deputy, General John Kiszely. The Prime Minister, accompanied by police and special forces bodyguards, went on to visit the Iraqi electoral commission. Mr Blair is the first head of government to visit central Baghdad since the handover of power to Mr Allawi's interim government. It was Mr Blair's most high-risk visit yet, both in terms of his personal safety and the potential political backlash. Speaking at a press conference, Mr Blair said that whatever people's views of the wisdom of removing Saddam Hussein, the elections - due in five weeks - represented a battle between democracy and terror. He said: "Britain is not a nation of quitters and the people of Iraq are not going to quit in bringing about democracy." Mr Blair said he believed that the attempt to stop the elections would continue and he said that even once the elections had been held, the violence may continue. "I think everybody understands that violence will continue after the election, but we will then have a clear expression of the democratic will." On holding the elections, Mr Blair said: "The choice is between democracy and freedom and it's our job to help the Iraqi people because that's what they want. "When I meet the people working alongside the United Nations, Iraqis in fear of their life every day because they are trying to bring freedom and democracy to their people...then I know we are doing the right thing. "The danger people feel here is coming from terrorists and insurgents who are trying to stop the country from becoming a democracy. "If we defeat terrorism here we will deal it a blow worldwide. It will be good for the Middle East and what is good for the Middle East is good for the rest of the world." Wonder if he'll bother to stop by in Basra?