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It was essentially for self defence that we went to war in Afghanistan and would go to war in Iraq. Douglas Hurd#Afghanistan 65
Douglas Hurd#Afghanistan 65
We, Britain and Germany, can neither of us be happy about our handling of the Iraq war. Douglas Hurd#Happy 62
Douglas Hurd#Happy 62
People know they are lacking something, they are constantly wanting some kind of spiritual guidance. Douglas Hurd#Constantly 58
Douglas Hurd#Constantly 58
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. Douglas Hurd#Already 56
Douglas Hurd#Already 56
It is normal for politicians in all countries to profess themselves the pupils of history, anxious to draw the right lessons from her teaching. Douglas Hurd#Anxious 55
Douglas Hurd#Anxious 55
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. Douglas Hurd#Allowing 55
Douglas Hurd#Allowing 55
The first two Prime Ministers whom I served, Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher drew strikingly different lessons from the Second World War. Douglas Hurd#Different 55
Douglas Hurd#Different 55
It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets. Douglas Hurd#Help 52
Douglas Hurd#Help 52
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. Douglas Hurd#Battered 49
Douglas Hurd#Battered 49
People are very interested in politics, they just don't like it labelled politics. Douglas Hurd#Politics 49
Douglas Hurd#Politics 49
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