There is a provocative piece in today's Daily Mail by Correlli Barnett under that title (sorry: no web link as I still buy hard copies of newspapers...). His advice to Bush and Blair: 'They must therefore now announce a firm schedule for liquidating our entanglement. In other words, the US and the UK should cease to make withdrawal dependent on the wishes of a spectral Iraqi government and take their own decision in their own direct national interest...' Sounded reasonable to me so far but then he continued: '...just as a previous British Labour government did in the case of India in 1946-47 and Palestine in 1947-48'. How many how many killed in the Partition of India and in a series of conflicts over Kasmir? Palestine....where do you start? Begs the question of whether a country should take a long- or short-term view of 'direct national interest' I suppose. Any comments?