My friend Robert Harneis is a historian and Francophile. His views sum up the more complex view here in my part of France: "As I catch up on my Iraqi studies, I have to say that I increasingly sympathise with the Americans. Saddam Hussein is a very dangerous man. I think that the war is not about oil but rather who controls the vast amount of money which Iraqi oil will sooner or later generate. It is, however, clear that in the short term the US and Blair have lost the public relations war."Interesting.