Failure of a mission

Well, there you go: the expected grandiose tomfoolery on the Kuwaiti border as the last “combat” troops depart Iraq and shouts of “We won!” from their teenage soldiers. Of course left behind are 50,000 men and women – a third of the entire US occupation force – who will be attacked and will continue the fight against the insurgency. So ends one of the most stupid “wars” in Anglo-American history – which is saying a very great deal indeed! We have replaced Saddamite brutality and corruption with al-Qa’eda brutality and Western corruption and leave a wrecked, sectarianised country. As a final unintended consequence, the Shias will rule this new “democracy” so that we have given Iran the victory it failed to achieve against Saddam in 1980-88.

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