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|Take War to Iraq, Says Tory Leader
- Duncan Smith backs US hawks on new battle front
CONSERVATIVE leader Iain Duncan Smith, on a trip to America, has pledged his party's support should the US decide to widen its war against terrorism to include stronger military measure against Iraq.
Britain and America have continued to bomb Iraq at regular intervals since the end of the Gulf War some ten years ago, but Duncan Smith clearly has something bigger in mind. "Now is the time for us all to stay together and resolve that we won't let countries like Iraq off the hook," Duncan Smith said, adding that the Western military coalition would hold if steps against Iraq were taken in a logical manner.
For weeks Hawks in the US administration have been laying the ground work for attacks on Iraq, attacks ultimately designed to remove Sadam Hussein from power. So far, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has backed every US move, but has also said his government will not hand a blank cheque to President George Bush.
Duncan Smith's publicly stated views are likely to force Blair to issue similarly gung-ho comments as both leaders vie with each other for the role of most loyal supporter of America.