History provides no precise guidelines.
A genuinely democratic Iraq might well act as a fresh spur.
People are very interested in politics, they just don't like it labelled politics.
We, Britain and Germany, can neither of us be happy about our handling of the Iraq war.
There is nothing false or arrogant about German pride in German technical and business skills.
It was essentially for self defence that we went to war in Afghanistan and would go to war in Iraq.
People know they are lacking something, they are constantly wanting some kind of spiritual guidance.
But it cannot follow that because weapons and troops are now being deployed we are bound to go to war.
It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.
Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool; but we should not become its slaves.