Wednesday, May 19, 2004

American Cardinal Stafford Accuses President of Moral Failure

From Politics News Article | Reuters.com:

"A senior American cardinal in the Vatican has accused the U.S. administration of 'moral failure' and deception in Iraq and warned the war had severely compromised future relations with the Arab world.

In an interview due to be published in the June edition of 'Inside the Vatican' magazine, Cardinal James Francis Stafford also said the abuse of Iraqi prisoners was the work of 'barbarians.' An advance copy was made available to Reuters.

Stafford, the former archbishop of Denver who has been working in the Vatican since 1996, said the reasons for starting the war in Iraq were a 'moral failure' because there had been no conclusive proof of weapons of mass destruction.

'Why did the president, the vice-president and the secretary of defense say there was an immediate danger to the peace of American society by the proximate use of weapons that would come from Iraq, either directly or through al Qaeda?' he said. "