'Scars' of Iraq Evident in Britain: Minister

Military action not end in itself, Miliband says at party conference
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2007 2:16 PM CDT
'Scars' of Iraq Evident in Britain: Minister
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, left, listens as British Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Gordon Brown, right, talks to him during the Labour party conference in Bournemouth, England, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2007. Addressing the conference Miliband stressed human rights over military might...   (Associated Press)

Britain's new foreign secretary has proposed a break with Blair-era policy and admitted his country was "scarred" by failures of the Iraq war. In his address yesterday to the annual Labour Party conference, David Miliband dismissed the idea of a "military 'solution'" to the world's problems. But at this year's conference, policy has been overshadowed by gossip of early elections.

Miliband, a disciple of Tony Blair who is new PM Gordon Brown's top diplomat, said the war had alienated Muslims worldwide and a "second wave of new Labour foreign policy" was needed. Even as the ruling party meets, the big story in the British press remains whether Brown will call an election three years early to secure his own mandate. (More Labour Party stories.)

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