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When will Jacques Chirac stop playing at being De Gaulle?

By Derek Coombs   June 2004

President Chirac feels personally vindicated by the coalition’s difficulties in Iraq. But he must bear his share of responsibility for the mess.

Certainly America has mishandled the occupation, creating enemies quite unnecessarily. It is now clear that America can fight and win wars but, especially in the middle east, cannot win the peace. It has neither the traditions nor the people and is seen as too unconditionally pro-Israel. We can be proud of our British troops who have mainly acted with restraint and sensitivity; it is only a shame we have not had more influence on the overall management of…

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