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Britain to sack the Iraqi army, again.


At 4:48 PM, Blogger oded said...

Writing in The Sunday Times of London, Michael Portillo, former defense minister under Prime Minister John Major and supporter of the British efforts in Iraq, writes that these are "difficult times" for people like him who backed the war in Iraq. It's not that he has become an "admirer of those who opposed the war" but that the "illusions about the war" have been shattered.

Many of the arguments that we put forward have lost their force. We liked to say that however bad things were, they were worse under Saddam Hussein. It seemed a safe claim after his reign of terror. But perhaps 100,000 Iraqis have died since liberation. Does the average Iraqi citizen feel more secure now? Hundreds daily seek work by joining the queues in the open air. They must be desperate to offer themselves as such obvious targets for suicide bombers.

We imagined that Iraqis would benefit from cleaner water, more reliable electricity and better education. But America, the land of plenty, has failed to supply creature comforts to Iraqis, just as America, the superpower, has failed to keep them safe.


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