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A genuinely democratic Iraq might well act as a fresh spur.
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As we enter a new century, Britain and Germany are at last coming to terms with World War II, but now have to deal with a new historical hangover.
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But Germany will always suffer, I fear, from the intensely dramatic character of the crimes of the Third Reich.
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But it cannot follow that because weapons and troops are now being deployed we are bound to go to war.
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Despite this lamentable lack of balance in our education I do not believe that either children or adults in my country are permeated by a widespread hostility to Germany.
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Furthermore, we have an interest in doing anything we reasonably can from outside to further democracy in the Middle East.
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History provides no precise guidelines.
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I believe that Egypt in its own way, the Palestinians when they are given a chance, and others will before long move towards greater democracy.
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I may be wrong in that, but not I think in putting the questions. In our modern democracy the government needs not a unanimous but a general support for war before it orders our forces to fight.
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Indeed it is a characteristic of most human beings, whether politicians or not, to flatter themselves on their knowledge of history.
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It depends on how it is done but what we are drifting into, which is that people grow up without any sense of a spiritual dimension to life, is just impoverishing.
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It is normal for politicians in all countries to profess themselves the pupils of history, anxious to draw the right lessons from her teaching.
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It was essentially for self defence that we went to war in Afghanistan and would go to war in Iraq.
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Loyalty to the dictator would be a rare commodity once the missiles began to fly.
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Many of us have accepted the argument put particularly by the Foreign Secretary that the best way of ensuring without war that Iraq is finally deprived of weapons of mass destruction is to pile up the pressures on Saddam Hussein, including the deployment of weaponry and troops.
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Margaret Thatcher was fearful of German unification because she believed that this would bring an immediate and formidable increase of economic strength to a Germany which was already the strongest economic partner in Europe.
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Margaret Thatcher, growing up in a bombed and battered Britain, derived a distrust which has grown with the years not just of Germany but of all continental Europe.
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Men like Hitler and Stalin and their immediate lieutenants cannot plead in defence of their actions that these were justified by the accepted values of that time.
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Neither the Iraqi people, nor other Arab governments nor indeed Islamic fundamentalists have any reason to admire or trust Saddam Hussein.
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No military timetable should compel war when a successful outcome, namely a disarmed Iraq may be feasible without war, for example by allowing more time to the UN inspectors.
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People are very interested in politics, they just don't like it labelled politics.
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People know they are lacking something, they are constantly wanting some kind of spiritual guidance.
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The church has filled after 11 September, which to be honest is a more important milestone than the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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The first two Prime Ministers whom I served, Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher drew strikingly different lessons from the Second World War.
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The tragedy of 9/11 galvanised the American superpower into action, leaving us in Europe divided in its wake.
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There are thus great swathes of the past where understanding is more important and reputable than judgement, because the principal actors performed in line with the ideas and values of that time, not of ours.
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There is no consensus even today on the merits of Napoleon - and certainly no agreement on the rights and wrongs of the origins of the First World War.
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There is nothing false or arrogant about German pride in German technical and business skills.
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This a very materialist country and a lot of people have given up any sort of religious adherence to any church organization.
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We must admit that history is enjoyable to a large extent because it enables us to pass judgement on the past.
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We run the risk of being seen not as liberators but as protectors of an oppressor.
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We should be wary of politicians who profess to follow history while only noticing those signposts of history that point in the direction which they themselves already favour.
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We, Britain and Germany, can neither of us be happy about our handling of the Iraq war.
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Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool; but we should not become its slaves.
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You don't have to swallow everything a party tells you but you should try and find one that appeals most to you.
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