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Chilcot’s tough lesson

The Iraq Inquiry's report is a portrait of a country with only one ally left

By James Cusick  

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There was a time in 10 Downing Street when it was believed that duplicity, deceit and military folly could all be covered up by throwing the evidence into the fireplace. The secret agreement signed in the Paris suburb of Sèvres in 1956 between Britain, France and Israel, that laid the plans for an invasion of Egypt which would allow Britain to regain control of…

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