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Former British Chief of Defence Staff Lord Bramall warned that Britain risked being dragged into a “very, very messy” and long war. “You don't have license to attack someone else's country just because you don't like the leadership,” he told BBC Radio.
In a March 7 speech to the Security Council, French Foreign Minister Dominique Villepin said that inspections are working. “I would like to ask: Why smash the instruments that have just proven their effectiveness? Why choose division when our unity and our resolve are leading Iraq to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction? Why should we wish to proceed, at any price, by force when we can succeed peacefully?” he said, adding, “To those who believe that war would be the quickest way to disarm Iraq, I say it will establish gulfs and create wounds that are long in healing. And how many victims will it bring, how many grieving families?”
In Australia, one of the most senior intelligence analysts resigned in protest of the government's support for US war on Iraq, arguing that, based on US and other intelligence information he has seen, there is currently no justification for a war on Iraq. "I'm convinced a war against Iraq at this time would be wrong. For a start, Iraq does not pose a security threat to the U.S., or to the U.K. or Australia, or to any other country, at this point in time,” former Office of National Assessments intelligence analyst Andrew Wilkie said on March 12, 2003.
Although one of the reasons given by the Bush administration for war against Iraq is its threat to its neighbors, none of Iraq's neighbors supports an invasion. Turkey, for example, opposes an invasion and says it would not provide troops. . The Turkish people overwhelmingly oppose an invasion of Iraq. Despite promises of billions of dollars in aid and loan guarantees from the US, the Turkish parliament on March 1, 2003, refused to allow the US to station thousands of troops in its country as part of a northern front in an invasion of Iraq.
Saudi Arabian and Syrian leaders warned that an Iraq invasion could destabilize the region.
An emissary from the pope met with president Bush in March 2003 to plead for peace, trying to avert what he called “an unjust war” with Iraq, which would be a “defeat for humanity.”
"Villepin Articulates the French Proposal," in a March 7 speech to the Security Council, the French foreign minister offers an alternative to war. http://truthout.org/docs_03/031003D.shtml
“AUSTRALIA - Government Rocked by Resignation of Anti-War Official, “by Bob Burton, Interpress News Agency, March 12, 2003, http://truthout.org/docs_03/031403F.shtml
“Turkish Deputies Refuse to Accept American Troops” By Dexter Filkins, The New York Times, March 2, 2003, www.nytimes.com/2003/03/02/international/europe/02TURK.html
“Mandela Criticizes US Policy on Iraq,” news.yahoo.com/fc?tmpl=fc&cid=34&in=world&cat=south_africa
“Millions join global anti-war protests,” BBC, February 17, 2003, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2765215.stm
“German Leader Says No to Iraq War,” by John Hooper, The Guardian, August 6, 2002, www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,769851,00.html
“France Speaks Out Against Iraq War Plan,” BBC News, August 29, 2002, news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/2223854.stm
“Turkey Fears Fallout from US-Iraq War,” by Russell Working, BBC News, March 30, 2002, news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1901485.stm
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