This Sunday British troops handed over control of Basra to Iraqi forces. After four and a half years, southern Iraq is back under Iraqi control. It is the beginning of the end of one of the most shameful periods of British history.
This is not because of the troops, but because of the politics. Democracies do not invade. So by this invasion occurring, we must seriously ask if democracy is something we have in the UK. I’m beginning to doubt it.
But now that British troops no longer have a commitment in Iraq, why are they still there? I can understand a reason for a rapid response if Iraqi forces are swamped, but that can be achieved by UK airborne troops from bases in Kuwait.
I don’t understand. Why are we still there?!!!
© Anthony North, December 2007
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