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Memo for the Prime Minister 13.2.2003


This document lays out the format of a meeting attended by Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Geoff Hoon and Clare Short. It details concerns that Short has regarding the lack of account that military planning has taken of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq as well as the potential use of chemical and biological weaponry against civilians.

This is a vital source for scholars as it shares concerns that the Prime Ministers own staff had regarding the coalition’s plan of action regarding Iraq. Moreover, the significant focus upon the UN and its involvement demonstrates to scholars the continued search for legitimacy that the UK and US faced in order to rationalise the invasion to the international community.