COOK: INVASION WAS GIFT TO TERROR
UK Mirror | July 25, 2005
FORMER foreign secretary Robin Cook said yesterday the invasion of Iraq "undoubtedly" boosted worldwide terrorism.
And Mr Cook, who quit the Cabinet in opposition to the war, said that intelligence agencies warned Tony Blair on the eve of conflict in Iraq that any military action would increase the terrorist threat to Britain.
"We have handed al-Qaeda an immense propaganda gift," he said in a BBC interview.
The Labour MP said unless Government addressed the issue of Iraq it would struggle to win over young Muslims in Britain.
"I am not saying that you can say that the events of the last few weeks would not have happened if there had not been a war in Iraq," he added. "What you can say is that the problem of terrorism has got a lot worse."
And he warned: "If there is one issue that makes it difficult for young Muslims to support this Government it is Iraq."