Perle says Intl law was broken

The often controversial Richard Perle seems to have contradicted the 'official line' on the legality of the Iraq war according to The Guardian's War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal.

Mr Perle, a key member of the defence policy board, which advises the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said that "international law ... would have required us to leave Saddam Hussein alone", and this would have been morally unacceptable.

The official line from London has always been the 'coalition' derived authority (and legal legitimacy) to intervene in Iraq from a series of UN resolutions going back to 1991 and Washington relied more heavily upon the right of a sovereign state to use force in self-defence which is enshrined in the UN Charter.

Posted by Paul at November 21, 2003 02:42 AM |

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