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War critics astonished as US hawk admits invasion was illegal
"In a startling break with the official White House and Downing Street lines, Mr Perle told an audience in London: 'I think in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing.'

President George Bush has consistently argued that the war was legal either because of existing UN security council resolutions on Iraq - also the British government's publicly stated view - or as an act of self-defence permitted by international law.(---)

'They're just not interested in international law, are they?' said Linda Hugl, a spokeswoman for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which launched a high court challenge to the war's legality last year. 'It's only when the law suits them that they want to use it.'

Mr Perle's remarks bear little resemblance to official justifications for war, according to Rabinder Singh QC, who represented CND and also participated in Tuesday's event.

Certainly the British government, he said, 'has never advanced the suggestion that it is entitled to act, or right to act, contrary to international law in relation to Iraq'."
Guardian, 20 nov

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