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The new Iraq received a heart-warming welcome at the Olympic games opening ceremony. But the invasion and its aftermath continue to reverberate through both British and American politics, revealing the confusing moral landscape of today’s international relations. The British left grumbles about an invitation to the new Iraqi prime minister, Iyad Allawi, to address this year’s Labour party conference as if American and British troops had just overthrown Salvador Allende, not Saddam Hussein. And David Marquand, writing in the last issue, spoke for many opponents of the war on left and right when he declared: “Europeans cannot afford to treat…

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