invasion of iraq made world more dangerous

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    LONDON - Last year’s U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and ousting of President Saddam Hussein has, if anything, made the world more dangerous, French President Jacques Chirac said on the eve of a state visit to key U.S. ally Britain.

    “I’m not at all sure that one can say the world is safer,” Chirac said. “There is no doubt there has been an increase in terrorism.”

    “To a certain extent Saddam Hussein’s departure was a positive thing but it also provoked reaction such as the mobilization in a number of countries of men and women of Islam which has made the world more dangerous.”

    Chirac, whose strong opposition to the war prompted U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to dismiss France as part of “Old Europe,” has questioned what Blair has gained from his unstinting support of the invasion.
    In a newspaper interview on Tuesday, Chirac said he had urged Britain before the invasion to press President Bush to revive the Middle East peace process in return for London’s support for the war.
    “Well, Britain gave its support but I did not see much in return,” Chirac was quoted as saying in the Times of London. “I am not sure that it is in the nature of our American friends at the moment to return favors systematically.”

    In the Times interview, Chirac recalled a Franco-British summit last year when he asked Blair to try to influence American policy on the Middle East.

    “I said then to Tony Blair: ‘We have different positions on Iraq. Your position should at least have some use’. That is to try to obtain in exchange a relaunch of the peace process in the Middle East.”

    The French leader questioned whether Britain could act as a bridge between the United States and Europe to help heal the transatlantic rift.

    “I am not sure, with America as it is these days, that it would be easy for someone, even the British, to be an honest broker,” he said.

    Blair called on Monday for Europe and the United States to bury their differences over Iraq and focus on global challenges.

    “It is not a sensible or intelligent response for us in Europe to ridicule American arguments and parody their political leadership,” Blair said in a major foreign policy speech.

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