Ex-UK minister links blasts to Iraq war

Former British cabinet minister Clare Short said Sunday, July 17, she “had no doubt” the London bombings were linked to Britain’s role in the US-led invasion-turned-occupation of Iraq, warning that news anti-terror laws would only recruit more extremists.

“Some of the voices that have been coming from the government talk as though this is all evil, and that everything we do is fine,” Short said in an interview to be broadcast on the GMTV television program later in the day, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP). “When in fact we are implicit in the slaughter of large numbers of civilians in Iraq and supporting a Middle East policy that for the Palestinians creates this sense of double standards – that feeds anger,” she stressed.

Islam Online, 17 July 2005