In Britain, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, head of 70 million Anglicans and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy O'Connor, head of 4 million British Catholics issued a statement questioning the "moral legitimacy" of Bush and Blair's planned war in Iraq (as reported by Andrew Clennell in the Independent on Feb 20, 2003). In the same message they called on Saddam Hussein to comply with UN demands to destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Commenting on the statement, the office of the Prime Minister Tony Blair stated:
"Obviously they're entitled to their views and we have to notice what they say about Saddam complying with the resolution," the spokeswoman said. "Their views are their views but look at what they are saying."
Let me translate:
The Archbishops said, Your plans for war are immoral. There are better ways to control the spread of weapons of mass destruction without harming the innocent people of Iraq. Resorting to war is a failure of diplomacy.
10. Downing Street said, Your views are your views and we don't care what you think.
The Archbishops said, Saddam should comply with UN demands and that moral alternative to military action cannot be inaction, passivity, appeasement or indifference.
10. Downing Street said, Hey everybody, looky here. The priests say we shouldn't sit around and do nothing! Lets go to WAR!!!