Anthony Faiola
August 30, 2013

Lap dogs no more!

After the British Parliament’s decision to reject taking part in any U.S.-led strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that victory cry rang out Friday from many quarter of this nation. For those who smarted at the memory of former prime minister Tony Blair — lampooned in the British press as President George W. Bush’s “poodle’’ — Friday marked the first day of a sweet new independence.

How had the Churchillian spirit of a nation suddenly turned into a Chamberlain moment, appeasing a tyrant? At great risk, they argued, was Britain’s outsize role in the world, a role it has earned since World War II by playing global deputy to Washington’s sheriff.

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