In, of all places, The Independent on Sunday. Brendan Simms, professor of of the history of international relations at Cambridge University, argues for Nato intervention in Syria.
The British debate on Iraq looks different turned upside down. John Howard, Australian former prime minister, has given an important speech about his decision to join George Bush and Tony Blair in military action, which led to the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue 10 years ago today.
It is important because the arguments are so similar [...]
I disagree with my colleagues at The Independent and The Independent on Sunday about the Iraq war, and I disagreed with the front page lead story on Sunday.
Nick Clegg’s two-faced cynicism was the outstanding part of Iraq war anniversary journalism, but there is plenty more with which to deal.
John Prescott in the Sunday Mirror elaborated on his recent television interview, in which he said that the Iraq war was wrong in hindsight. Although what he said on television was ungrammatical and broke [...]
It is the blank-faced cynicism of Nick Clegg that we should fear the most. He has an article in The Independent on Sunday today reminding us that he was against the war in Iraq and saying that he is therefore totally, er, not against British military action in Syria now.
He repeats his slogan about the invasion of [...]
Like most reasonable people who disagreed with the invasion of Iraq, Nick Clegg must be embarrassed by the unreasoning haters who have been speaking increasingly on his behalf. Inevitably, he came across one on his phone-in on LBC radio this morning.
Dave from Ladbroke Grove: Nick, good morning it’s about another enquiry, this time it’s the [...]
You do wonder. Now Richard Norton-Taylor of the Guardian has pitched in with his version of the 10-year-old non-story copied out of another newspaper:
The long-delayed Chilcot inquiry report will be published without crucial evidence that would reveal what Tony Blair promised President George Bush in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.
Thus combining two anti-war [...]
I am literally astonished at the way anti-war myths about Iraq continue to sustain themselves in the “reporting” and re-reporting of non-stories.
Rather unexpectedly, as the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war approaches, the myth-making of the antis seems to be subsiding. I had assumed that the anniversary would be another festival of “lies”, “illegal war” and “war criminals”.
There is one and only one opponent of the invasion of Iraq to whom I will concede the right to say he told us so. He is James Fallows, who wrote a prescient article for The Atlantic in November 2002 warning that it would not end well.
Last week he revisited his assessment, with the kind [...]
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