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Iraq

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:52 pm on 26th February 2003.

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Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 3:52 pm, 26th February 2003

I entirely agree; that is my third point. The consequences of any war are likely to be grave. They include the risk of increased terrorism, to which the hon. Gentleman draws attention. They also include: turmoil in the middle east; the fact that Islamic opinion throughout the world will be deeply affronted; and the certainty that we will be involved in, and preoccupied with, the affairs and administration of Iraq for years to come. Those are the predictable consequences of what we are about to do; the unpredictable consequences are probably just as grave. The risks are disproportionately great when one considers any possible benefits of conflict.