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Blair’s foreign policy attacked by Lib Dems

July 2, 2012

Friday, September 29. 2006

The Lib Dems have accused the Prime Minister’s foreign policy for placing the UK “at odds” with many parts of the world.

Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman Michael Moore placed the blame on an “illegal” war in Iraq and a “legacy of neglect” in Afghanistan.

He called for a new strategy in Iraq which he said was “on the brink of civil war” and said hard questions had to be asked about UK forces’ role in Afghanistan amid the mounting casualties.

In a scathing attack on the government’s foreign policy, Mr Moore warned that global unity had been replaced by bitter political dispute and that the last few years had been a “dismal period” in British foreign policy.

“Where once there was a credible British foreign policy, now we are at odds with much of the world,” he told the Brighton conference.

“Our armed forces must have the weaponry, the equipment and the assets they need. And our Nato allies must have a coherent strategy and provide the resources to make it work.”

He said the new strategy in Iraq had to be based on reconciliation, “not indefinite detentions and the abuse of human rights”.

He added: “Without a new strategy, the continuing presence of British troops must be called into question.

“The government took us into this mess. It must now prepare the ground to get us out of it.”

The prime minister’s failure to call for an immediate ceasefire as the violence escalated in Lebanon left Britain “diminished” in the eyes of the world, describing this summer’s decisions as “a new low” over the Middle East.

Calling for a review of arms sales to Israel in the wake of the conflict, Mr Moore said the existing “case by case” assessment was no longer good enough.

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