Exemplary concision

Millions upon millions of words have been written (and published) about the rights and wrongs, the whys and what-ifs, of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but I’d be hard pressed to find a more concise or persuasive summary, at least in terms of Blair, than Andrew Rawnsley’s in The End of the Party:

‘Idealism mixed with realpolitik, terror stirred with vanity, this was the cocktail of impulses that drew Tony Blair down the road to war.’

There’s something hugely convincing about such concentrated, well-constructed prose – would love to hear more examples…


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