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A day for clarity on Syria
from the Prime Minister

Telegraph [UK], by Editorial

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 8/31/2013 10:22:39 AM

It is impossible to approach the debate in Parliament about intervention in Syria without recalling the day in March 2003 when Tony Blair set out his arguments for attacking Iraq. This newspaper described his performance as one of the finest in recent Commons history: he marshalled a moral, legal, geopolitical and humanitarian case with such conviction that a Labour rebellion was contained and a large majority secured. [Snip] David Cameron is also a noted parliamentary performer, especially at moments of crisis, and we would expect nothing less than a polished and persuasive speech. Yet the fact that so few people--less


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