August 27th, 2013

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The Agamemnon Sanction

Those of us old enough to remember it are no doubt still feeling a bit queasy from watching John Gummer feed his young daughter a beefburger in order to demonstrate the safety of British beef at the time of Mad Cow Disease. Even so, the idea does have some attractions. Having seen that Tony Blair, the well-known Peace Envoy, is doing a Ginger Baker on his war-drums yet again, I wonder whether we'd have left quite such a trail of devastated countries in our wake over the last dozen years if political leaders were obliged to sacrifice one of their own children before ordering their armed forces to go and kill other people's.