From Cllr Frank McManus
Sir, — General Sir Richard Dannatt (Features, 8 October) questions the Iraq venture, but falls back by saying that the elected UK Government “decreed that we should do it; we did it.” Hitler’s generals could have said the same of the Wehrmacht’s moves in the 1930s.
Tony Blair had no mandate from the voters, and Labour’s settled post-war policy had been to act within the United Nations, which did not happen. We were failed not only by the headstrong Prime Minister, but also by most MPs in both main parties.
It is a pity that the General was not asked about pacificism, on which St Paul was crystal-clear. Jesus taught that all who take the sword will perish by it.
The General is concerned for defence, and his keenness for conflict-prevention is welcome; yet it seems compromised by his acceptance of national armed forces, which, unlike UN police-contingents, are (to quote seven Lambeth Conferences) “incompatible with the teaching and example of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
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