18 October 2006
British people demand an end to Blair's wars
|41% of British people want the troops out of both Iraq and Afghanistan now, according to a new opinion poll. A further 13% say that they should leave Iraq by the end of this year, with 11% saying the same for Afghanistan. The Exile has never been very good at maths, but it looks to him as if that's a clear majority for the old cut and run.|
Warmongers will wail that the troops are needed to build democracy, or whatever this week's excuse for imperialist aggression is, but they have lost the argument.
A good, mocking line to take is to remind them of that day in Philadelphia when the convention to draw up the American Constitution ended. A woman is supposed to have asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government the USA would have. "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," the old man replied.
Readers should note that he did not say, "A republic, so long as the foreign troops are willing to keep it in power," did he?