Tuesday 28 February 2017

Blair's apology for Iraq is a sorry sight

The big problem for Tony Blair is that he can't say his critics are using hindsight - because it was foresight, writes Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Former British PM Tony Blair
Former British PM Tony Blair

If you did European History in secondary school, you may have a vague recollection of the Ems Telegram.

This was the 'dodgy dossier' of its day, a version of a meeting between the French ambassador and a Prussian dignitary which had been edited - or , if you like, 'sexed up' by Bismarck in such a way as to give the impression that the encounter had been more belligerent that it actually was.

It enabled Bismarck to get what he wanted - a war with France - just as the 'dodgy dossier' about weapons of mass destruction enabled Tony Blair to get what he wanted, which at the time tended to be whatever George W Bush wanted.

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