She reminded the delegates of Saddam’s torture chambers, the tyrant’s gassing of the Kurds, how following the first Gulf War they rose up and were slaughtered. On the edge of tears, she pleaded for Iraq, you could hear a pin drop. They could not fight the enemies of Iraqi democracy alone without US help – she compared it to the US helping Britain fight fascism, without which Britain would have been defeated. Her unabashed gratitude to Tony embarrassed the audience into silence. The following speaker, an activist opponent of the war, timidly said “I don’t know how to follow that”, before unfortunately droning on, head down, in a dashed monotone against Shanaz’s dream of liberation.