They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Remember Blair and the 'joy on the faces of people in Basra'

db: See Bush/Blair statements from April 2003 when they were already intoxicated with the sweet smell of victory over Iraq - then contrast the tone with that adopted by Blair today. Gone is the desire to 'work with everyone' as Blair declared was his intention - and as for giving some recognition to those who have 'got support within the local community' - well we have had a change of plan - core to which is the 'scrapping' of the Basra police force, and with it the murderers and assassins of the infiltrating militias and replace it, after a year or so, with 25,000 of our own murderers and assassins. It's all true - see ealier post.

Press conference: Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George Bush

8 April 2003

George W Bush

....the Royal Marines in Basra worked so hard that the people of Basra are beginning to understand a couple of things: one, when we said we would come and stay to achieve their liberty we meant it; that in Basra for example the presence of the Royal Marines is providing enough comfort for people to begin to express their own opinions, they are beginning to realise freedom is real. These are people in the south of Iraq that had been betrayed, tortured, had been told they were going to be free, took a risk in the past and then were actually hammered by the Iraqi regime, they were sceptical, they were cynical, they were doubtful, now they begin to understand we are real and true.

Tony Blair:

I agree with all that, as you would expect........these people, given a chance, already now they are in discussion with our people inside Basra, people coming forward, people talking about those who have got support within the local community. It is not just right that that Iraq is run by Iraqi people, they want the chance to run their own country. They haven't wanted to be under the yoke of tyranny for all these decades. The reason you have this incredibly tyrannical repressive security apparatus was in order to suppress the proper feelings of the people there. Now of course we are going to work with everyone, we will work with the UN, we will work with everyone in order to bring this about.

I think anyone who has seen the joy on the faces of people in Basra, as they realise that the regime that they detest is finally collapsing, knows very well that this was indeed a war of liberation and not of conquest.

Fast Forward>> September 25th 2005

Mr Blair said he would "absolutely not" accept an arrest warrant from a Basra judge for two British soldiers after an Iraqi civilian was reportedly killed and a police officer injured.

"There is no doubt in my mind at all that what is happening in Iraq now is crucial for the future of our own security, never mind the security of Iraq or the greater Middle East," he said.

The prime minister said everything necessary would be done to protect British troops.

"The Iraqi government are not asking us to apologise. We will do anything that is necessary to protect our troops in any situation. "