Magazine article The Spectator

A Menace of Our Making

Magazine article The Spectator

A Menace of Our Making

Article excerpt

Sir: What would Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, the coolest of heads, have made of poor William Shawcross's overwrought emotional plea that we must stay on in Iraq as a kind of act of faith ('Britain must stay in Iraq', 25 August)? Well, the Duke once opined: 'The real test of a general is to know when to retreat and dare to do it.' Surely we have reached that point in Iraq, although a retreat needs to be well prepared and deliberate. Even American generals are now acknowledging that George W. Bush's original purpose in attacking Iraq, that of creating a viable Iraqi democratic regime, is now beyond reach.

Willie Shawcross follows George Bush in yammering on about the present menace of al-Qa'eda in Iraq. Yet Bush (and Yo Blair in his time) themselves created this menace through their invasion and occupation of the country. In Saddam's strictly secular Iraq, alQa'eda and other forms of Islamist extremism were ruthlessly put down.

Is it not plainer every month that we would all (including Iraqis) now be much better off if Saddam Hussein had been left in power, but under continued allied air surveillance?

Correlli Barnett Norwich

Sir: Why does William Shawcross quote US military officers? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.