A poor start for the new Home Secretary, John Reid, now facing a fresh crisis over foreign criminals, after a senior immigration official revealed that more than half of the 1,023 released in error will remain at liberty on the streets of Britain. Rather like unwelcome house guests that steal the furniture, we’re stuck with them and their continuing lawlessness until they’re too old or too dead to commit any more havoc or they’re banged-up in a prison, an asylum or a nursing home or both at our expense.
I think it’s time to leave Iraq. Yesterday’s “Black Hawk Down” type incident with a British helicopter over Basra simply reinforced my opinion. From now, things can only get much worse and yet our government continues to lie to us in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Listen to the new Defense Secretary this morning and he’ll tell you that we are winning hearts and minds and that the Iraqi army and police are trained-up and ready to take our place in maintaining law and order. Listen to the media and remarks from our own soldiers and the same allies, in southern Iraq at least, are under the control of the Iranian Shi’a militias; one reason why the army had to level one of the police stations in Basra recently when two SAS men were openly being held against the instructions of the Iraqi government and our army.
The problem though is that this is exactly what the Iranians want; us to pull up stakes and quit. This then gives them control of the southern oilfields of Iraq, an Iranian province in all but name and Europe and the United States being strangled by the potential loss of oil and threat to the Saudi and Kuwaiti oil field. It’s a nightmare scenario that is swiftly coming true.
But Basra is like Aden in the sixties for those who can remember that far back. We couldn’t hold that either and British soldiers will continue to die, like their American counterparts to the north as Iraq bloodily fragments into two if not three separate states, much as Yugoslavia did after General Tito.
But God instructed both Tony and George to invade Iraq and who can doubt or even challenge his will in such matters.