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Hitchens on Iraq: 'slow decline'

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 19 March 2008

Was it worth it? Peter Hitchens gives his verdict on the legacy of the Iraq war, as part of our series of viewpoints from social and political voices.

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"I suspect the single most significant result of the Iraq war will be the slow decline of the United States as the main world power, which will be seen as having begun from that point.

"The other significant results, perhaps more encouraging will, I suspect, be that politicians will in future take more account of the history of the places they plan to invade before they rush in.

"And that the idea that sovereign nations should continue to exist within their own borders might have a bit of a revivial - but I'm not sure about that."

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To see all the voices - including General Sir Mike Jackson, George Galloway, Peter Oborne and Inayat Bunglawala - give their verdict on the legacy of the Iraq war, click on the image below. Click on the image below

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