|"[It] highlighted a massive disconnect between public opinion...on the one side and the political classes on the other"|
MCB Assistant Secretary General's statement on Channel 4:
"We believe the war against Iraq badly damaged the confidence of many British Muslims in our democratic system here in the UK.
Many British Muslims were clearly opposed to the war in Iraq and did not accept that Saddam's Hussein's regime represented any threat to us in this country despite all the scaremongering that we saw in the run up to the war.
"So British Muslims took part in campaigning against the war, they lobbied their MPS, they took part in huge demonstrations alongside the British public. Yet still they were ignored.
"Not only by the Labour government for whom they had overwhelmingly voted in previous elections, but also by the main opposition Tory party, whose job it was to carefully scrutinise the government's case for war. And yet the Conservative party took an position that was even more gung ho in support of action against Iraq.
"It all really highlighted a massive disconnect between public opinion - including Muslim opinion - on the one side and the political classes on the other".
Link to Channel 4 transcript, 19th March 2008