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Sunday, September 25, 2005
  Another condemnation of that useless debating society, the UN
Independent Online Edition > UK Politics : app6: "David Davis has laid bare divisions in the Conservative party over Iraq by insisting Britain should have toppled Saddam Hussein without pressing ahead with United Nations diplomacy before the war.

The Tory leadership front-runner said British influence over the operation in Iraq 'was squandered by an obsessive insistence on prolonging UN-based diplomacy that could obviously yield no result'. He added: 'How much better it would have been to concentrate on ensuring planning for peace matched the planning for war.'

His hawkish comments, echoing neo-conservative right in Washington, clashed with Kenneth Clarke and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who have criticised the decision to go to war. They also highlight the deep split between the right- and left-wing sections of the party on the issue, which may now become a major theme in the Tory leadership campaign.

Mr Davis even suggested critics of the war were exposing Britain to increased threats from terrorism. He said: 'Those who complain that our closeness to America, in particular our support of the US in Iraq, has made us a target of terror, should think before they speak.

'Such remarks are a signal to extremists that we will adjust our foreign policy in response to their threats, which merely invited further attacks."
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