A World in Denial of What It Knows

Our refusal to see what we know is true has led to one disaster after another. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell argued before the United Nations Security Council in 2003 for disarming Iraq, holding the kind of vial that could contain anthrax.

BY GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT The author of “The Controversy of Zion,” “The Strange Death of Tory England” and “Yo, Blair!”

BATH, England COULD there be a single phrase that explains the woes of our time, this dismal age of political miscalculations and deceptions, of reckless and disastrous wars, of financial boom and bust and downright criminality? Maybe there is, and we...

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