03 Feb 2004
The Muslim Council of Britain believes that any inquiry into Iraq’s hitherto elusive Weapons of Mass Destruction must not be limited to the quality of intelligence received but must also investigate the reasons why our government took us to war against Iraq.
“In light of what we have learned over the past few months, many in Britain are now convinced that the Blair government had already made the fateful decision to go to war against Iraq alongside the United States. This was regardless of the outcome of deliberations at the United Nations or the findings uncovered by the UN Weapons Inspection Team. A specific objective of the inquiry must be to establish when the decision was made to launch the pre-emptive war. Was this prior to the availability of specific intelligence? If the answer is yes, then the intelligence services are not alone responsible and others need also to be brought to book,” said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.
As long ago as last May, Paul Wolfowitz, the US Deputy Defence Secretary had admitted in an interview with Vanity Fair, that it was for ‘bureaucratic reasons’ alone that the issue of WMD had been chosen to focus on in the run up to war against Iraq. On March 17th 2003, in his resignation speech on the eve of war against Iraq, the former Leader of the House of Commons, Robin Cook, highlighted his belief that “Iraq probably has no weapons of mass destruction in the commonly understood sense of the term.”
“In order for our country to move forward past this unsavoury chapter in our foreign policy, it is important that we now be told the truth, the whole truth,” added Iqbal Sacranie.[Ends]
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