Monday, January 01, 2007

Clwyd criticises Archbishop's 'failure' before invasion

via IC Wales,
WELSH Labour MP Ann Clwyd has criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for not doing enough to get Saddam Hussein indicted for mass murder before the invasion of Iraq.

Cynon Valley MP Ms Clwyd - Tony Blair's personal envoy to Iraq - revealed she had asked Dr Rowan Williams to take a leading role in her campaign in 2002 when he was the Archbishop of Wales.

Ms Clwyd campaigned against Saddam's human rights abuses for many years and, in 1996, founded a group called Indict which amassed evidence and sought to persuade governments to support moves to prosecute the dictator.

She said, "I went to see Rowan Williams in Newport in the summer of 2002 to try to get him to campaign for an indictment. He appeared to be quite enthusiastic at the time but all I ever saw was a quote from him in the Guardian some time later.

"I wish he, and others, had pursued the matter more vigorously. If Saddam had been indicted, he would have lost a lot of credibility in the Arab world and it may have been possible to avoid invasion."

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Anonymous said...

This kind of thing works on all kinds of levels and in all kinds of wars. If I may draw a parallel. . .

If Rev. Ray Drennan had been disciplined, he would have lost a lot of credibility in the U*U World and it definitely would have been possible to avoid my picketing, to say nothing of The Emerson Avenger blog and zillions of internet posts.

Former UUA President Rev. Dr. John A* Buehrens and former Ministerial Fellowship Committee Director Rev. Diane Miller let the whole wide U*U World down by turning a blind eye to Rev. Ray Drennan's weapons of Mass destruction. . .

The *principals* may be different but *in principle* it's exactly the same problem. . .

Anonymous said...

Didn't mean to post twice but OTOH this is a case of "You can say that again. . ." Feel free to delete the dross.