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Between Peace and War: Iraq in Perspective

Douglas Hurd
RUSI Journal, 27 February 2003
Iraq, UK
This article discusses several questions that need to be considered, before the decision to go to war with Iraq is made.

There are some who will always be opposed, as they were in the Gulf War in 1991. There are many others, in all political parties and none, who supported that war of straightforward liberation but who this time are doubtful. These are strong supporters of NATO, the Anglo-American alliance and our armed forces. If a decision is made to commit our forces to war, such people (including myself) will shut up and hope that we were wrong. But the issues are cloudier than in 1991, and the awkward questions not always answered. There is still time and need for the government to listen and respond.

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