Eastern Daily Press, Saturday, January 4, 2003
No proof Iraq has weapons of mass destruction
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The announcement that President Bush has rejected Iraq's 12,000-page arms declaration as false surely comes as no surprise.
It was obvious from the outset that he would do so.
If the UN weapons inspectors searched every building in Iraq, and dug every square yard of that country down to a depth of 200ft and found no trace of any weapons of mass destruction, he would still disregard their findings.
That Blair and Straw are in agreement also goes without saying as, like parrots, they repeat what they are taught to say.
Before this desire for war against Iraq escalates further and our country is committed to assist, I would like to see indisputable proof that Iraq not only has weapons of mass destruction, but is prepared to use them, bearing in mind that a number of countries today have such weapons.
Iraq may have had such weapons, but we have not been given proof of their continued existence.
Is there a more hidden reason for America's desire to wage war against Iraq - a desire which no lack of proof is going to prevent?
Saddam is not like Hitler
Your leading article on Christmas Eve argued for war against Iraq on ' the same grounds as those which took us into the 1939-1945 war.
There is no comparison. Then Hitler was threatening to eat his Christmas lunch in Buckingham Palace. Saddam Hussein, on the other hand, is of no more threat to Britain than any other country.
More relevant is a comparison between Blair's bellicosity now and the slide into war in 1914. Then the war machine became unstoppable not for urgent necessity but because its momentum overrode all reason.