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[casi] Levitt speaks

subscribers to the list may remember the name of Tom Levitt, MP for High
Peak. This is a circular letter he has been sending out.

> From: LEVITT, Tom []
> Sent: 14 February 2003 15:32
> Subject: Iraq
> Thank you for your email of 30 January
> You will not be surprised to hear that I am still receiving a steady
> of letters and emails from people opposed to a war in Iraq. Let me stress
> that I do not want to see a war in Iraq and neither does our government.
> Tony Blair said to the Commons this week, in wars innocent people get
> and hurt.
> But the Iraq question is not a simple one of war or no war. We need to
> remember that:
> - the United Nations is a valuable international institution, born from
> and the need to never repeat the experiences of the two world wars again;
> - Iraq has been in breach of 27 UN resolutions over the last 12 years
> humanitarian issues
> - the UN is working hard to find a peaceful solution; resolution 1441 sets
> out to put a long-running issue to rest
> - Iraq is the only country to have used chemical weapons for genocide
> (against its own people)
> - Iraq has few friends even amongst the Muslim world, in 1991 it actually
> invaded Muslim Kuwait
> - as far as we know Iraq and North Korea are the only countries developing
> weapons of mass destruction outside treaties on their reduction, control
> non-proliferation
> - where such weapons exist, there is an opportunity for terrorist
> organisations to obtain them
> - there is evidence from the inspectors that Iraq has weaponised V7 nerve
> gas, and no evidence that it has destroyed its 1995 stockpiles
> - Iraq continues to deny the weapons inspectors full access to its
> laboratories and other institutions (although recent pressure has
> undoubtedly helped)
> Some of us feel that 12 years of military, political and economic
> endorsed by the international community, have been ineffective. A regime
> that creates weapons of mass destruction in a clandestine market, has
> contacts with terrorists like the late Abu Nidal (although not necessarily
> Al Quaeda), that has killed 50,000 political opponents within its own
> country and that has used chemical weapons against its own people does not
> deserve to survive politically and that the biggest beneficiaries of
> Saddam's removal would be the Iraqi people.
> There have been some 200 wars on this planet in the last 50 years. None
> been pleasant.
> In the last ten years alone, since the last Gulf War, British forces have
> been active in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone. In each case
> left those countries better than when we found them (and 3 of these were
> Muslim countries). If we do not take the threat of terrorism seriously,
> cut off the sources of potential supply of illegal weapons of mass
> destruction, then we will see atrocities on the scale of 9/11 again and
> again in future.
> Meanwhile, Britain is leading the world in persuading USA not to take
> precipitate action - successfully so far - and in bringing international
> pressure on Israel to settle the Palestinian question justly. The Middle
> East does stimulate some (but not all) of the acts of vengeance from self
> appointed terrorist vanguards.
> I honestly hope that this is helpful. We must never forget the evils of
> but let us not kid ourselves that the absence of war is the same thing as
> peace. There are other evils too.
> This is the third 'standard letter' I have sent out on this issue
> You can see the previous two on my web site or I can send them to you if
> requested.Tom Levitt MP
> Labour Member for High Peak
> Web site:

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