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Movement seeks inquiry on Iraqi conflict
The movement’s president, Minh Nguyen, says the existence of weapons of mass destruction was the crucial argument for Australia in joining the “coalition of the willing” to invade Iraq.
But no evidence of their existence had yet been uncovered.
“The Government has asked us to be patient but whether they eventually find something is not the issue,” he said.
“Even if weapons of mass destruction are to be found, we know they are certainly not the result of intelligence gathered before the war.”
Mr Nguyen said the decision to invade Iraq cost thousands of lives and brought a fragile society into near anarchy.
The call for an inquiry has been backed by Fr Bruce Duncan, co-ordinator of the program of social justice studies at Yarra Theological Union in Melbourne and frequent commentator in The Catholic Weekly.
“There are grave moral questions regarding the Iraq war,” he said.
“And, in the bigger picture, there are serious moral concerns regarding the new principle of unilateral, pre-emptive strikes against another country.
“This undermines the system of international security built up over the last 50 years.
“Under this new principle the tradition of the ‘just war’ theory has been junked.”
He said the US seems to have asserted its right to attack any country it does not like and remove their regimes.
“But where do you draw the line? Why not intervene now in Sudan or the Congo for humanitarian reasons?”
The Redemptorist priest added: “Ironically the US’s determination to destroy Iraq’s so-called weapons of mass destruction will only encourage other countries to get nuclear weapons for self defence as soon as possible.
“Just look how cautious the US is in its treatment of North Korea.”