Friday, October 13, 2006

UK troops must leave Iraq: General

How do you know when you live in Western culture? No one ever agrees on ANYTHING. Oh, and they make it public.

The British Government was on Friday reeling under an unprecedented attack on its Iraq policy from none other than its own Army Chief, General Richard Dannatt, after he said that the continued presence of foreign troops in Iraq was "exacerbating'' violent extremism both at home and abroad, and called for withdrawal of British soldiers.

An American general would have said that the presence of foreign troops in Iraq was "bad". And in there lies the difference between Americans and British. That and the way we pronounce "schedule".

In remarks that were compared to a political bombshell, General Dannatt directly contradicted Prime Minister Tony Blair's claims saying that British troops were in Iraq without the consent of the Iraqi people. They "weren't invited'' and "we... effectively kicked the door in'', he said in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Is it common for a country to invite an invasion?

"Whatever consent we may have had in the first place, may have turned to tolerance and has largely turned to intolerance,'' the General added, calling for British troops to be pulled out "sometime soon''.

Don't mistake the roadside bombs as intolerance. It's more of...well...ok, you have a point.


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