23 August 2006
When is a civil war not a civil war?
General Richard Fry of the Royal Marines has just gone on record as describing the situation in Iraq as a "mini civil war. Then he said that, on reflection, it doesn't meet that definition, and then he concluded by saying that reporters shouldn't call the mayhem a civil war - even if it is - because that might lead to "a certain degree of despondency in the political constituencies of both of our countries".
O-Kay, so it's a civil war that isn't, but we need to keep mum when calling it a civil war for fear that the folks back home may see through all the lies and demand that we end our involvement.
Is everyone clear on that?