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North on the war

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Dr Richard North, co-founder of the website EU Referendum, see HERE has anti-EU politics as his 'day job' He also has carved a niche for himself as an analyst of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and runs another blog, Defence of the Realm to deal specifically with this subject.

Tony Blair's wars were always a bit of a hotchpotch and lay somewhere between pure vanity and the evangelical with just a nod to strategy. North concentrates on Iraq and shows that the mistakes in Iraq were not recognised early enough, lessons were not learnt and so there is a risk of them being carried over into Afghanistan.

North's book, The Ministry of Defeat - The British War in Iraq, 2003 – 2009 has just been released and North was invited to the Frontline Club to talk about the subject and take questions. The occasion was supposed to be a proper debate with a full range of speakers, including General Sir Mike Jackson. But Jackson pulled out at the last moment for reasons not made fully clear.

Islam lite

Could humour bring an Islamic Enlightenment?

Iraqis are posting dozens of YouTube 'blooper' videos. My favourite is that of Moqtada al-Sadr as the chief penguin in the film Little Feet, dancing to music from Mahdi army rallies. The Danish National Library is also helping to lighten the Islamic mood by stating that it intends to archive the Danish cartoons as they are of historic value and several museums wish to host exhibitions. Amazingly the Muslim spokesman who led the campaign against the cartoons, which resulted in 100 deaths worldwide, now says the 'provocation' would be ignored. Humour and common sense could save the world.( However the spokesman's friends have now been rioting for six days after a cartoon was reprinted so perhaps not.)

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