1ST FEBRUARY

1 February 1967 – In an internal memorandum, British Foreign Office official Denis Murray noted that “on the political level I must stress that ministers are anxious to engage as little as possible in the House of Commons in discussions of casualties or damage in North Vietnam caused by American bombing.” In other words the British government was fully aware of the grave human cost of the US bombing of North Vietnam and wanted to avoid any discussion of it.

1 February 2011 – During an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, former prime minister Tony Blair described the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, who was facing unprecedented protests that would soon topple his regime, as “immensely courageous and a force for good.” Blair also warned against what he saw as the danger of holding early elections in case the Muslim Brotherhood might gain power.

 

 

 

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