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As Cicero pointed out, not every mistake is a foolish one
Should we trust Blair’s judgement on the Middle East? © Chatham House.
We can be the prisoners of our mistakes, especially if we do not learn from them; but when we do learn from them we can be their beneficiaries. Which do we most tend to be? No doubt we all wish the latter. We console ourselves that to err is human, and that, as George Bernard Shaw once remarked, it is better to make mistakes than to do nothing.
Shaw’s point does not hold without exception; it depends on the…
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