Saturday, January 06, 2007

Saddam's revenge....

In a speech to mark Iraqi Army Day today, Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki said the decision to execute Saddam Hussein was not a political but a judicial one (who could possibly think otherwise?) Mr Maliki also said his government could review relations with any country which criticised the execution of Saddam Hussein.
Once regarded as one of the most powerful Sunni Muslim Arab countries, the new government in Iraq is headed by Shia Muslims with close ties to Iran. Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi recently said he feared his country was on the verge of disintegration -- a situation he said he never anticipated. A chaotic level of violence reigns supreme. Even Bliar accepts that it is a 'disaster'. Surely parliament and the British people are entitled to an apology for the government’s involvement in this ‘disaster’. I would also urge a rapid withdrawal of UK military forces from a place they should never have been sent to in the first place. And Gordo's the man to do it. I hope.

6 comments:

Voyager said...

Well if you withdraw them you should disband them...........rather like the England cricket team it will be hard to continue after being routed.

Withdraw the British Army precipitately from Iraq and it is finished as anything more than a Peace Corps............it will be effectively finished as a fighting force and be able to match itself with Japan Defence Forces

Anonymous said...

I think you underestimate the resolve of the troops that serve in our army.

They may well be seen by others as inefective, but that is down to the people behind the Iraq war. both the troops and the generals could probably have done a much better job without the inteferance of politicians.

istanbultory said...

No, they were sent to Iraq on the basis of a flawed prospectus for war. Weapons of mass destruction, the entirely fictious Al Quaida-Baghdad connection, and so on. Iraq was a threat to nobody, except its own people. Now it is a state on the verge of complete collapse and what will be a bloody partition. It has become a Jihhadist cause celebre. Iraq is now a lost cause. A major UK forces redeployment to Afghanistan-where all is not yetlost- would, on the other hand, be of considerable strategic value.

CityUnslicker said...

Voyager - for one who is so intelligent and so right on so many things. What an odd statement. The only blow that will wreck are army is the wielding of Brown's pen to reduce the budget below operational effectiveness.

Sadly, this is quite likely in my opinion. As to the ashes I am willing to wager we win them back in 2009.

istanbultory's post is as perceptive as ever. Encouraging a new Shia state is such a huge mistake. the middle east will claim many more Western lives in our lifetimes as a result.

istanbultory said...

Yes, I obviously agree with CU. I can't see how a logical, strategic withdrawal can be viewed as bringing about the end of British military credibility. At the moment, they are just standing watch over the extension of the Shia crescent in Southern Iraq. While our chaps are undermanned and underarmed in Afghanistan.

Voyager said...

The word was precipitately