Thursday, January 29, 2004

Howard comes out swinging

John Howard "will never apologise for, retreat from or regret the decision to invade Iraq."

Australia will never apologise for, retreat from or regret the decision to invade Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard said yesterday despite growing evidence that Saddam Hussein did not have any weapons of mass destruction.

Last Friday David Kay, America's chief weapons inspector in Iraq, resigned stating that he believed the former Iraq dictator had no illegal weapons.

"I don't apologise for what we did, it was in our view the right thing to have done based on the intelligence that was available," Mr Howard said.

"That intelligence was not manipulated by the Government and I stand by completely what we did, and those who criticise us in the Labor Party or elsewhere, if their advice had been followed, Saddam Hussein would still be running Iraq."


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