18 November 2007
British To Abandon Basra Province
The British army will formally hand over Basra province next month to whichever Shia warlord has the power to take it, and that will be the end of the Iraq adventure as far as Britain is concerned. Troops may remain at the airport for a short while just to make sure that Whitehall faces are not too reddened by the enormity of the disaster, but sooner rather than later, they will also leave and Southern Iraq will settle down under whatever ruler emerges.
Tony Blair may claim that it was all worthwhile, but it is unlikely that deep down inside he really believes that, and even if he does, nobody else even cares what the little cockroach thinks.
Britain's enthusiasm to expand global capitalism has waned to nothing. Over 160 troops died for no reason at all.