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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:46 pm on 26th February 2003.

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Photo of Mr Chris Smith Mr Chris Smith Labour, Islington South and Finsbury 1:46 pm, 26th February 2003

At the moment, the timetable appears to be determined by the decision of the President of the United States and not by the logic of events.

The other argument that has been made is that those of us who urge caution are failing to be strong and that, by doing so, we are somehow appeasing a tyrant. That is the shallowest argument of all. Strength does not lie simply in military might. Strength lies in having an unanswerable case. It lies in making the right moral choices. It lies in maintaining the pressure, and it lies in securing the fullest possible international agreement. That is where our efforts should now be directed, but I fear that we may be cutting short those efforts by the timetable that is now upon us.