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

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Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood 3:30 pm, 10th February 1998

Should not Saddam Hussein be fully aware of the awesome, coercive power of allied air power? Could not at least his generals comprehend its potential? At the start of the Gulf war, whole Iraqi formations were obliterated by the allied air forces, but since then, they have acquired further precision munitions and sea-borne cruise missiles of great accuracy. If the UK were to back down, would not American opinion take an extremely jaundiced view of our reliability as a security partner in Bosnia and other areas of mutual security interest?