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After Parliament’s vote to stay out of Syria, soul-searching stirs Britain

LONDON — Lap dogs no more!

After the British Parliament’s decision to reject taking part in any US-led strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that victory cry rang out Friday from many parts of this nation. For those who smarted at the memory of former prime minister Tony Blair — lampooned in the British press as President George W. Bush’s ‘‘poodle’’ — Friday marked the first day of a sweet new independence.

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