In an interview with the Independent on Sunday, he dismisses as absurd any analogy with Chamberlain and Munich, saying: 'I was called in after the war had already resulted in some of the worst ethnic cleansing, most of the territorial gains and a terrible mess.'
He admits that the threat of air strikes against the Serbs contains an element of bluff. 'There's a lot of bluff in the UN - what is the UN in many ways other than bluff?'
On his personal position, he says: 'I haven't got a political career, I'm out of politics. There's no ambition left in me. I'm trying to do a job.'
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