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Is it time to leave Iraq?

August 28, 2007

British troops in Iraq

U.S. President George W. Bush flew to Iraq with his security chiefs to meet the U.S. commander for a final review of the war before a showdown in Congress over troop levels.

Earlier, British troops quit Basra, leaving the city without British forces for the first time since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam in 2003. The withdrawal from the Basra Palace complex is a step towards handing over Basra province to Iraqi control and an eventual British pullout from Iraq.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said British troops need to stay in Iraq as they still have a role to play there.

Is it time for troops to come home? Are they making the situation worse? Or are they vital to helping the Iraqis maintain security and would pulling them out now be morally wrong?

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The British Troops should be withdrawn as soon as possible! A UN force would do the job of peacemaking and state re-building much better, as the Iraqis have said themselves.The war against Iraq was a pre-emptive criminal war against international law. Tony Blair personally manipulated the British Intelligence to set out a case for HIS war the motives of which were Iraq’s, oil and the US’s dominance of political spheres of influence in the Middle East, these motives long on the agenda of the US. Tony Blair in starting this war lost the high moral ground our country is known for and put the UK on the same level as Hitler and Mussolini and other renegate dictators whose end came at Nuremberg which is where he ought to be. It is noted that most of the present cabinet also voted for the war when its illegality and consequence was plain to see, the Nazi’s defence at Nuremberg was that they were just carrying out the orders of their government, or just trying to keep their jobs, not much has changed.

 

Britain should never have gone into Iraq in the first place, Tony Blair forced the issue in cahoots with George Bush.

We should get out now (right now) regardless of what Gordon Brown wants to do.

Lets have a referendum on this and the Eu and Immigration and Gord help us all if the politicians do not listen.

Regards,

Posted by Mr K Hind | Report as abusive
 

tHE GENERAL POPULATION OF IRAQ IS NOT FULLY EDUCATED ABOUT ELECTION THAT LEADS TO FORMING GOVERNMENT.THE ELECTION THEY HAD TO FORM GOVERNMENT WAS NOT FULLY UNDERSTOOD BY ELECTORATE THEREFORE MANY DID NOT VOTE.NOW THE POPULATION UNDRESTANDS THE IMPLICATION OF VOTING.I VERY CLOSE TO WORKING CLASS IRAQI SUGEST THAT THERE SHOULD BE SNAP GENRAL ELECTION THAT WILL DETERMINE NEW FORCEFULL GOVERNMENT WITH LAND SLIDE MAYJORITY.

THIS WILL SOLVE THE GOVERNING PROBLEM AND ESTABLISH STRONG FOOTHOLE.

THAN OCCUPAYING FORCES CAN LEAVE,BUT NOT BEFORE NEW GOVERNMENT IS FORMED

Posted by NAZMAL DAMANI | Report as abusive
 

Get the troops out NOW. It was not, and is not a valid war. If the US can kill our troops without a “sorry” we need to leave them to fight their own ill conceived invasions. Remember Vietnam!

Posted by mark field | Report as abusive
 

Yes, the troops must be taken out of Iraq without delay which will help the UK to have more respect in the world.

Posted by Robiee Islam | Report as abusive
 

On the eve of the coalition’s illegal war against Iraq Jaques Chirac said their “proposed war would be against International Law,the UN Charter and would lead to a deeper crisis involving other countries in the region” and that “HISTORY WOULD TELL WHO WAS WRONG AND WHO WAS RIGHT” History has and he was! Chirac also called for the Coalition to hand sovereignity to the Iraqi People in 6 to 9 months after invasion.
France had superior Intelligence, Diplomacy, Morality, understanding of international law and Political Analysis of the situation then and has now.

We helped them out in 1944. Let them help us out of this quagmire now! END BRITISH OCCUPATION OF IRAQ NOW AND MAKE JAQUES CHIRAC the EUROPEAN UNION ENVOY FOR PEACE AND RECONSTRUCTION IN IRAQ.

 

The time has always been right to leave Iraq, we should never have invaded this country. Too many lives have been lost, too families displaced and for what?

Posted by Helen Baker | Report as abusive
 

The UK pullout is embarrassing and it shows how weak the British people are. The comments above are by uneducated (leftist?) people who are easily manipulated by the opposition.
I don’t like Bush, personally, but I am against a pullout.

Posted by M2 | Report as abusive
 

Enough time is given to foreign troops in Iraq accomplishing the job in bringing peace & security however it happened the vice versa.

Posted by Rafi.Amin | Report as abusive
 

well i’m not sure about that.

 

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