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