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Anglican leader blasts invasion

Mon., Nov. 26, 2007

LONDON – Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, criticized the invasion of Iraq in an interview published Sunday, saying it was worse than the British land grabs of the colonial era.

The spiritual leader of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion described the situation in Iraq as “the worst of all worlds,” and compared it to the time when Britain was at the height of its power.

“It is one thing to take over a territory and even pour energy and resources into administrating it and normalizing it,” said Williams.

“It’s another thing to go in on the assumption that a quick burst of violent action will somehow clear the decks and that you can move on and other people will put back together – Iraq, for example,” he told the Muslim lifestyle magazine Emel.


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