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    Mossad chief: invasion has created a holy war By Kim Sengupta and Kendah El-Ali 09 November 2003
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      Mossad chief: invasion has created a holy war
      By Kim Sengupta and Kendah El-Ali

      09 November 2003

      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=461945

      A former chief of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence
      service, has accused the United States and Britain of
      lack of foresight over the Iraq invasion and warned of
      even greater violence unless the civic infrastructure
      is established quickly.

      Major General Danny Yatom said the presence of Western
      forces in Iraq has presented the opportunity for a
      holy war, or jihad, by Islamists in a country
      surrounded by Muslim neighbours.

      Speaking during a visit to London, Gen Yatom said:
      "Colin Powell has always said that if the coalition
      went into Iraq, they had to get out. But it seems
      America did not have such a plan in place. They are
      lacking such a plan, and that is what is urgently
      needed now."

      The failure to restore basic amenities such as water
      and power has been one of the biggest obstacles to
      winning over the Iraqi people to "show that the
      democratic system works," said Gen Yatom, whose visit
      was organised by the group Friends of Hebrew
      University.

      "This must be a priority. It should not be too
      difficult; after all you don't have to go to the moon
      to get that kind of thing. Establishing these basic
      things must give the people the confidence to start on
      the political process."


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