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International Situation (Contingency Planning)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:33 pm on 19th March 2003.

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Photo of Elaine Smith Elaine Smith Labour 2:33 pm, 19th March 2003

Does the First Minister accept that people who oppose what they believe to be an unnecessary and immoral war today can hardly be expected to support it tomorrow?

On Monday, Robin Cook said:

"it is false to argue that only those who support war support our troops. It is entirely legitimate to support our troops while seeking an alternative to the conflict".—[Official Report, House of Commons, 17 March 2003; Vol 401, c 727.]

Does the First Minister agree with his words? Does he agree that the best way in which to support our armed forces is to ensure their safety by bringing them home as soon as possible?