Cook's Anti-War Stance Now on Tombstone

The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 9, 2007; 10:20 AM

LONDON -- Lest anyone forget that former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook opposed the war in Iraq, his family have emblazoned it on his tombstone.

Cook, who died Aug. 6, 2005, at age 59, was the only member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's Cabinet to resign before the invasion because of opposition to the war.

His wife and his two sons by a previous marriage placed this epitaph on Cook's stone in the Grange Cemetery in Edinburgh: "I may not have succeeded in halting the war, but I did secure the right of Parliament to decide on war."

Cook was the first foreign secretary in Blair's government, but was later shifted to the post of leader of the House of Commons _ the lower house of parliament.

Blair prevailed in the Commons vote on the war a day after Cook resigned. Lawmakers voted 412 to 149 to use "all means necessary" to disarm Iraq.

Before that, they voted 396 to 217 to defeat an amendment by Labor rebels that declared the case for war "has not yet been established."

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