Quibbling over numbers continues, and the body count rises. Bush’s echo in the southern hemisphere considers the survey “not plausible, it’s not based on anything other than a house to house survey”. This is how the Australian Census is done.
Iraq is heartbreaking and infuriating all at once. Talk of withdrawal has picked up, with the head of the British Army making his case.
“I don’t say that the difficulties we are experiencing round the world are caused by our presence in Iraq but undoubtedly our presence in Iraq exacerbates them,” he said.
“As a foreigner, you can be welcomed by being invited in a country, but we weren’t invited certainly by those in Iraq at the time.
“The military campaign we fought in 2003 effectively kicked the door in.
“Whatever consent we may have had in the first place, may have turned to tolerance and has largely turned to intolerance.”
So, is the cause of the “difficulties”: 1.the invaders “kicking the door in”; 2. invaders’ continued presence; or 3. All of the above?
The imposed quagmire gets more muddied with enough tit for tat animosity to fuel another century of killing. That it is imposed does not sanction the grotesque internecine slaughter. That’s called cutting off your nose to spite your face. Where to from here?