The capture of a dog belonging to US troops provokes an unexpected reaction
Atheists of the fluffy, conciliatory variety will be delighted to hear that Richard Dawkins, scourge of Twitter and bane of believers, has discovered the joys of live-and-let-live. He might, at any moment, threaten to teach the world to sing.
What could have occasioned this epiphany? Perhaps he’s concluded that calling billions of parents the world over [...]
If you’re about my age and grew up in hard-left circles, Tony Blair is rather like Sauron, a figure of pure malevolence casting a baleful shadow over everything.
Everyone knows that crazed warmonger Tony Blair “took us to war” in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that professional British soldiers did the best they could to carry out the foolish orders of political donkeys, do they not? One person who does not know this is James de Waal, a visiting fellow at Chatham House, who [...]
Being open-minded and all, I’ll read anyone occasionally, no matter how much I have disagreed with them in the past. Thus Henry Porter in today’s Observer. Still, this part was interesting:
Could it be that Blair and the civil servants who oversaw the preparations for war always knew that the excuse of preserving the confidentiality of [...]
I have a comment at Independent Voices responding to today’s front-page lead story in The Independent, which looks good, by the way.
Once again I gently remind people that Tony Blair could not have “committed” the UK to military action before the decision of the Cabinet and the vote in Parliament. Nor was his support for [...]
A new cluster sample survey in Iraq suggests the post-war death toll from violence might have been around 250,000, to the nearest 200,000 or so. This kind of study has been misreported before and, in the case of the two Lancet studies, discredited.
The latest one will probably be reported as estimating a death toll of [...]
My friend Stefan Stern repeats the old fantasy of the opponents of the Iraq war on Labour List today: that all Tony Blair has to do is to apologise and all will be right with the world again.
Matthew Parris has seen the error of his ways. In The Times today (pay wall) he writes about apologies and admissions of error, and says this:
The same is true of Mr Blair and Iraq. Maybe if we, his critics, could stop obsessing about his good faith and end the baying for some sort of apology, [...]
The 10th anniversary of the death of David Kelly might have been an occasion to restore some balance to the debate about the Iraq war, which I have tried to do in the updated edition of my biography of Tony Blair (there is an extract here; download the e-book here or buy the paperback here).
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