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Tuesday March 16, 2004
MADRID President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain "need to engage in some self-criticism" on their decision to engage in a war against Iraq, Spain's prime minister-elect, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, said Monday.

"You can't just go ahead and do things," Zapatero said. "You can't bombard a people just in case" they pose a perceived threat.

"You can't organize a war on the basis of lies," he added, apparently alluding to the insistence by Washington, London and Madrid that the conflict was justified by their belief that Iraq possessed unconventional weapons.

Zapatero, speaking on Radio Cadena Ser, earlier called the U.S.-led war in Iraq "a disaster" and confirmed a pre-election pledge to withdraw the 1,300 Spanish troops serving there by the end of June unless a UN-led multinational force took command.

"The Spanish troops in Iraq will come home," Zapatero insisted.

"Wars such as those which have occurred in Iraq only allow hatred, violence and terror to proliferate." Source.

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