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A Matter of PrincipleHumanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq$
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Thomas Cushman, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244863

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244863.001.0001

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Full Statement to the House of Commons, 18 March 2003

Full Statement to the House of Commons, 18 March 2003

(p.328) (p.329) 23 Full Statement to the House of Commons, 18 March 2003
A Matter of Principle

Tony Blair

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This chapter contains a statement made by Tony Blair in the House of Commons. It became clear after the Gulf War that the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) ambitions of Iraq were far more extensive than hitherto thought. UNSCOM, the weapons inspection team, was set up. Saddam had used the weapons against Iran, against his own people, causing thousands of deaths. His son-in-law, Hussein Kamal, revealed Iraq's crash program to produce a nuclear weapon in 1990. In 1999, a new inspections team, UNMOVIC, was set up. But Saddam refused to allow them to enter Iraq. So there they stayed, in limbo, until after Resolution 1441 when last November they were allowed to return. 1441 is a very clear Resolution. The UN should be the focus, both of diplomacy and of action.

Keywords:   Tony Blair, House of Commons, Gulf War, Iraq, weapons of mass destruction, Saddam, UNSCOM, UNMOVIC

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