Archbishop Desmond Tutu published an open letter about the Iraq War, explaining why he pulled out of a conference that British MP Tony Blair was scheduled to attend. Tutu related his withdrawal to the fact that Blair and then-US president George W. Bush lied about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. According to this letter, Blair has since admitted that the real goal was to oust Saddam Hussein.
People around the world are becoming more and more disillusioned with their leaders, so this letter is sure to fall on open ears. Like Tutu, populations want to know who calls the shots, deciding that one leader is a dictator who should face trial before the International Court while another is a hero and should receive praise.
Tutu, a consistently peaceful man who works for reconciliation, felt obligated to avoid joining forces with Blair. This act shows the depth of his horror at the lies and "immorality" that led up to a war that has yielded a shocking death toll of over 110,000 Iraqis and almost 5,000 American soldiers.
Tutu isn't the only one saddened by the results of the Iraq War, especially since little good seems to have come of it in objective terms.