LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web sites) and US President George W. Bush (news - web sites) ought to say sorry for waging "an immoral war" against Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s Iraq (news - web sites), according to excerpts of a speech Archbishop Desmond Tutu was to deliver.
In an evening lecture to be delivered at Church House, Westminster, in central London, the Nobel laureate was to say that Bush and Blair would reap a revival in credibility if they apologise for waging a war that left the world "a great deal less safe".
"How wonderful if politicians could bring themselves to admit they are only fallible human creatures, and not God, and thus by definition can make mistakes," according to excerpts of the speech published in Monday's Independent newspaper, which is sponsoring the event.
"Unfortunately, they seem to think that such an admission is a sign of weakness," Tutu said. "Weak and insecure people hardly ever say 'sorry'. It is large-hearted and courageous people who are not diminished by saying, 'I made a mistake.' President Bush and Prime Minister Blair would recover considerable credibility and respect if they were able to say, 'Yes, we made a mistake'."
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle against apartheid in his native South Africa.