Archive for the ‘Saddam’ Category

Iraq! we’re pulling out.

February 21, 2007

Our esteemed leader, the Right Honorable Tony Blair has been making promises to our soldiers in Iraq, and their families at home, which at the moment he hasn’t a clue whether he can deliver. But it does give him good press for the first time in a number of months. He has promised to cut our forces in Iraq by at least a third in the next few months, and possibly by half before the end of the year.

Nice words for the soldiers and relatives, but are they realistic promises? He provides a rider that says “if conditions permit,” but of course the media do not pick up on this so readily. In my opinion it is to early to even consider such promises. Irrespective of what Blair says, it is obvious that the situation in Iraq is far from settled and a withdrawal at this stage does not seem politically or militarily sound. The environment over there is still fragile and taking away the trained troop will leave a fledgling government lacking in strength and support needed to be able to fully carry out their democratic reforms. He claims that Basra is safer than Bagdad. Whether that is the case or not, does he not realise that once the insurgents hear about it, rather than taking on the might of the US forces in the capital, they could do just as much damage by attacking less well supported areas.

Whilst I appreciate that the proposed withdrawal is comforting for many, the worst case scenario is that we pull out, violence flares up again and we are forced to return. Or perhaps that is Tony Blair’s intention, namely to use this news to make himself popular again and leave the mess cleaning to Gordon Brown (did I say cleaning?). If this is the case, this reported withdrawal is not a pleasant publicity stunt.

Anyway, what has happened to this special relationship we have with the US? Are we now saying that it no longer important to maintain unity with the multi-national force?

the brit 

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The ghost of Sadam past

January 10, 2007

Hey Grit

I find the furore over Sadam’s hanging quite puzzling. Firstly, everyone in the world was aware that the sentence passed by the court, whether one agrees with the death penalty or not, was death by hanging. This decision was reached by a civilised national court. Therefore, in my view, that is the end of the story.

Like any execution, it is not going to be a pretty sight, but it is simply the fulfilment of a legal decision. However, all of the hype since his death seems to have been fuelled, in my opinion, by the media. I think that this is a touch of sour grapes to be honest. What media editor would not have paid thousands to have got the images that have been shown around the world? They are complaining about the bad taste, but have they not looked in their own cupboards?

What really puzzles me is why the UK and US governments have got involved at all! It wasn’t their justice, nor their execution. It was a democratic decision by the Iraq courts. So why do we have to apologise?

the Brit

Settle the Saddam hanging the American way!

January 9, 2007

Hi Brit,

I suspect, knowing how well informed you are, that you’ve noticed the uproar over Saddam having his neck stretched.  While I expect this nonsense from Europe, I must admit that I’m a bit taken aback by the reaction in America.  Truly, I don’t understand the fuss.  We’ve been after this asshole for decades, and, now that we got him, everyone wants to cry? 

I must, reluctantly, apologize for my country.  Over the decades since we saved the world from the Nazis, the Japs, the Fascists, and the Communists, it would seem that, as a nation, we’ve lost our balls.  Really, what are we boo-hooing about?  The guy was some of the worst scum produced since Hitler and Stalin?  Crap people, if this was 1950 and that saw Hitler dangling from the gallows, we would make it a national holiday and be mass producing little Hang-a-Hitler action play sets!  Hell, you liberal whimps make me so sick that, if I didn’t have a family to take care of, I’d throw in with the religious lunatics myself and do my best to kill all of you.  Seriously, 70 virgins is starting to sound better than Social Security!

the Grit