Tutu 'Saddened as Blair Backs US over Iraq'
By Jane Merrick, Political Correspondent, PA News
Sat 4 Jan 2003 2:45am (UK)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu today condemned Tony Blair's
support for the United States administration over war in
Iraq as "mind-boggling".
The Nobel Peace Prize winner said he was saddened to
see the US being "aided and abetted" by Britain and
urged both countries to resolve the Iraq crisis
"When does compassion, when does morality, when does
caring come in?" the Archbishop said.
"I just hope that one day that people will realise
that peace is a far better path to follow," he told
LWT's Jonathan Dimbleby programme.
"Many, many of us are deeply saddened to see a great
country such as the United States aided and abetted
extraordinarily by Britain."
It was "mind-boggling" that the Prime Minister was
showing such support, the Archbishop added.
"I have a great deal of time for your Prime Minister
but I'm shocked, but to see a powerful country use its
power frequently, unilaterally.
"The United States says you do this to the world, if
you don't do it we will do it that's sad."
Archbishop Tutu questioned why Iraq was being singled
out when India and Pakistan also had weapons of mass
"What do you do with weapons of mass destruction in
Europe, what do you do with them in India, what do you
do with them in Pakistan? Where do you stop?
"And America should remember that they supported some
of the most repressive governments.
"Let's hear what these (United Nations) inspectors get
to see. But if you are going to apply as strictly as you
want UN resolutions there, you ask why there and not in
other places. Why not in Palestine?"
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary
Robinson, speaking on the same programme, welcomed the
Bush administration's achievement of unanimous support
for UN Security Council resolution 1441, which orders
Saddam Hussein to disarm or face serious consequences.
But she stressed that any future action over Iraq must
also be conducted through the Security Council.
A failure to do so would be "really very serious for
stability in a much wider area than just Iraq itself",
Mrs Robinson said.
"I think the implications would be very far-reaching
and very worrying."