Still no end in sight for Iraq warBy Ben Rice
March 25, 2008
So five years on from Iraq and there is still no clear end in sight.
There has been much talk about an exit strategy but talk is all that is has been. Britain has begun a withdrawal from Basra but what has it achieved. It is certainly not as explosive as Baghdad and the north of the country but ask yourself this question; would you want to live there?
The American President George W Bush responded last week as to whether the war was worth fighting. He said: "The answers are clear to me: removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision – and this is a fight Americans must win. Because we acted, the world is better and the United States of America is safer."
Well, the US might be safer but with wars raging in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Middle East a ticking time bomb, the world is most certainly not better but deteriorating rapidly.
So what should we, the UK and US do? Presently we are flogging a dead horse while young men and women continue to lose their lives in vain. It is time to cut and run as America had to do during the Vietnam war and the Russians did from their Afghan conflict.
The argument is that we must finish what we started but my argument is that we should have never started in the first place.
A foreign presence in Iraq is a catalyst to violence not containment. We must leave Iraq to their people to make the best of the tragic state we have left the country in. But most of all we must apologise and give them all the financial support and expertise they require in order to rebuild their wonderful country.
The rebuilding can only start once the guns are gone.