“I find it hard to believe that an historian I respect on a great many things can be so wrong in this. The state of war by the UK was made to the public by radio with this announcement:”
That is a little personal Douglas. I am surprised. Of course I have heard that radio broadcast. I am also surprised at the misrepresentation of my point. I said that Poland was not the reason; just the excuse. When George Bush cited “Weapons of Mass destruction” as the reason for the war against Iraq; did you just take that at face value? Or did you understand that the justification used for going to war is rarely the actual reason for it?