I was shocked to read Mr. Dover's claim that before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, "Life was.a little worse than it had been (due to sanctions), but it was stable and 'OK'."
I understand that this war of choice, so far away, led to detachment on the part of U.S., and European publics, but expected more from an academic. Remember what the sanctions did to Iraqi children? I believe the figure was half a million children and babies died due to restrictions on imports of medicine, medical equipment, and chemicals for water purification, over the years of the sanctions, pre-invasion. Remember Madeline Albright being asked if "it was worth it"--and she replied in the affirmative?
I agree with his basic premise that the Iraq war damaged faith and trust and appetite for going along with elites in the U.S. and Britain, who desired the war; however, I think the economic inequality, with millions of Brits being left out of prosperity, or the benefits of a more interwoven culture were also main catalysts of the rancor that produced the Brexit vote. When mild mannered articles like this one make light of the disastrous killing sanctions done to Iraq's populace in the years before the U.S. invasion, they do a disservice to truth.