US church leaders challenge PM's 'moral case'
An ecumenical delegation of U.S. church leaders that will meet with the Prime Minister this week, looks set to challenge the Prime Ministerís ëmoral caseí for regime change in Iraq through military action.
At the weekend, in his speech to Labour's local government, women's and youth conferences, at the SECC in Glasgow, the Prime Minister suggested that the only option for removing Saddam Hussein from power was war.
However, the delegation that will meet with Tony Blair on Tuesday, is being led by Rev Jim Wallis, who has been at the forefront of suggesting and promoting non-violent strategies for removing Saddam Hussein from power. Such a perspective undermines the Prime Ministerí case that the only options available are to leave Saddam Hussein in place, or remove him militarily.
Rev Wallis, Executive Director of the Sojourners community based in Washington DC, has made the point that the Iraqi people themselves can create the non-violent civil resistance within their country to help achieve the goal of regime change, provided they are resourced by the West.
As yet however, the British and US Governments have been reluctant to pursue such a policy, despite substantial historical precedent for such activity, and provision being made.
Under The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 the US Government has authority to provide opposition groups in Iraq with goods and services worth up to million, including training. So far only million has been used.