Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Some of the views of the public

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4263092.stm

From the BBC 'talking point' site:

What exactly were our "special forces" up to, in plain clothes and a car packed with weapons? Today our media, en masse, is diverting our attention by claiming that insurgents are joining the Iraqi police. Isn't that exactly what "our boys" are doing, but in reverse?

Tim, UK

What violence means for invading troops is less than irrelevant, what really matters here is the fate of millions or Iraqis who have seen their country and lives devastated by the so-called 'liberation' perpetrated by the US-UK axis of carnage.

Gonzalo Vuez Villanueva, Santiago, Chile

I was shocked by the hypocrisy of the British forces in Iraq. How can they expect the local population, including the Sunnis, to respect the authority of the Iraqi government if the British forces themselves violate the rules of law, force their way into police stations and free prisoners? Get out of there before more embarrassing events like this happen.

Akbar Niazbutt, United Kingdom

The recent "incident" will reinforce the fact that the British are occupiers and not "helpers". What kind of mission were the two Brits on anyway? That is a very interesting question. They might have easily be suspected of playing the part of insurgents. It opens up for the question; is the insurgent story just a hoax? Is it all staged by the US and their ever so helpful Brits?

Einar Davidsson, Oslo, Norway

This simply makes a mockery of all the claims by the American and British government saying that they want the Iraqis to be responsible for their own security. When they try they are attacked by the British army. Things can only go from bad to worse as we have now made it clear that we, the British army, not the Iraqi security forces will decide what happens in Iraq.

Arthur, Derby, UK

From BBCArabic.com: The British government has a lot of explaining and fence mending to do if it wants to avoid the mistakes of the US forces which led to the current situation in the Sunni areas north of Baghdad. The presence of the armed British military in civilian clothing is a situation which no doubt will be used by Sunni and pro-Saddam elements to argue that some of the recent attacks against Shias were organized by the British and US troops as part of a plan to confuse the situation in Iraq. The British forces should mend their relations with the local community to gain their trust and confidence.

Saad Al Attar, Basra, Iraq

From BBCArabic.com: What happened is a message of warning that the honeymoon between the Iraqis in the south and the British soldiers has come to an end. Years have passed since the toppling of Saddam, but the supposed project of democracy is moving from bad to worse.

Ahmed Nashaat, Cairo, Egypt

Hang on - two British soldiers were arrested by the legitimate Iraqi police force and a tank was used to break them out of jail? Am I missing something, or isn't that an outrageous attack on the very police force we are supposed to be bolstering and supporting? If Iraq has broken down to that extent, then surely something else must be done, because what is happening now is clearly not working.

Katherine, London, UK


I was shocked by the hypocrisy of the British forces in Iraq. How can they expect the local population, including the Sunnis, to respect the authority of the Iraqi government if the British forces themselves violate the rules of law, force their way into police stations and free prisoners? Get out of there before more embarrassing events like this happen.

Pieter Visser, Cambridge, UK

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