Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 10th February 1998.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate 3:30 pm, 10th February 1998

Yesterday the Secretary of State for Defence told me that the political objectives for any possible military action would be the enforcement of the UN resolutions. Does the Foreign Secretary accept that, short of a land invasion of Iraq, it is frankly impossible to enforce the resolutions, and that, if we are forced into military action, political targets such as the destruction of the Republican Guard and the sites to which the inspectors have been denied access are the proper political objectives, which will command political support in the country and enable military success to be identified?