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    A genuinely democratic Iraq might well act as a fresh spur. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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    But Germany will always suffer, I fear, from the intensely dramatic character of the crimes of the Third Reich. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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    History provides no precise guidelines. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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    People are very interested in politics, they just don't like it labelled politics. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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    People know they are lacking something, they are constantly wanting some kind of spiritual guidance. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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    There is nothing false or arrogant about German pride in German technical and business skills. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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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. Douglas-HurdDouglas Hurd
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    We, Britain and Germany, can neither of us be happy about our handling of the Iraq war. Douglas-Hurd/">Douglas Hurd
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    Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool; but we should not become its slaves. Douglas-Hurd/">Douglas Hurd