Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced today that he has withdrawn from an upcoming conference in Johannesburg to protest the attendance of Tony Blair.
Tutu stated that he felt it was “inappropriate and untenable” to share a platform with Blair at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit because Blair’s backing of the invasion “on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, was morally indefensible.”
The former British Prime Minister’s office posted his response on his website:
“Obviously Tony Blair is sorry that the archbishop has decided to pull out now from an event that has been fixed for months and where he and the archbishop were never actually sharing a platform.
“As far as Iraq is concerned, they have always disagreed about removing Saddam by force — such disagreement is part of a healthy democracy.”