Statistics are always a good thing to start with, to read, to digest and to remember!
Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (wonder who thought up that deeply cynical title?)
4474 USA Armed forces deaths
179 United Kingdom Armed Forces deaths
12.38 a.m. 18th December Time of completion of final American armoured convoy withdrawal as it crossed over Kuwaiti border post.
100 hours later, a string of 14 deadly bombs, inclusive of back-up bombs, brought havoc to many areas of central and suburban Baghdad. Such is the ferocity of these explosive attacks that some murderous outfits claim responsibility, and it can never be proven that they lie for political gain. The Sunnis blame the Shia, the Salafi blame everyone, the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister (currently in hiding in Kurdistan after being blamed for planning some death squad attacks himself) blames the Shia Prime Minister; and so the circle grows. The Iraqi Parliament (pardon my laughter) hasn’t sat together for more than about two days since its’ election, so apart are the various factions, and so full of a hate which has lasted some 1200 years of Islamic terror and war, because they all just ‘know and believe’ that they are right, and they will kill thousands to make that point!
In the background, the Iranian mullahs make their sermons, spread their hate, and warm their plans of death, destruction and the Caliphate. The Bush administration laid the plans for a stabilisation force of American military, complete with the necessary legal immunity, but the Obama bunch couldn’t or wouldn’t make those plans reality, so they called out ‘Hi-Ho for the border’, the convoys holding the only capable and trustworthy force in the whole of Iraq revved up in the early dawn, and Iraq is now days or months away from Saddam Hussein Mk.2., whether he be Shia, Sunni, atheist or believer.
And all those lives, American, British, Allied? Have they been squandered so that Tony Blair can get richer? Have we swapped one dictator for yet another? Does anyone really care?