I had some respect for Wim Kok. But when I read this sort of thing, then I think I was mistaken.
RNW: So the mistakes he made in relation to Iraq resulted from a strong belief that he was choosing the right way?
"Absolutely. If you still remember his speech, his brilliant speech, in the British parliament on the eve before the British took action in Iraq, then you’ll remember that this was really a man who believed in every word he spoke with so much passion and conviction. I was very impressed by that. Although I had a somewhat different view, I was still impressed by what he did."
Oh bloody hell. Why don’t people realise that passion and conviction does not make things true? Evidence makes things true. Kok, you’ve gone down in my estimation.   

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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