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Big anniversaries call forth big rhetoric. There has certainly been a lot of that to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. More modestly, we offer a short history of Iraqi WMD, the famously nonexistent justification for British participation. The story includes the eccentric claims of the WMD true believers, who have not given up hope of finding a smoking gun in the desert. But even if WMD were now to be discovered, there cannot be many, even among supporters of the war, who would consider it retrospective legitimation for a bungled invasion. Perhaps the best remaining defence of…

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