Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Supporting Our Troops

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Supporting Our Troops

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NOW THAT THE conflict in Iraq has begun in earnest, the mood of the nation is inevitably sombre. There has properly been a vigorous debate about the merits of embarking on this war, but now it is right that we and our political representatives should do everything to support our forces as they prepare for battle. Our troops go to war in the knowledge that the objectives of the conflict are clear and have been, moreover, endorsed by Parliament.

The aim is to ensure that the Iraqi regime will no longer be in a position to threaten regional and global security by developing weapons of mass destruction or distributing those weapons to terrorist groups which pose a real and proven threat to our way of life. This is an objective worth fighting for - the disarming of a rogue state under the leadership of an unbalanced dictator who has terrifying potential to develop chemical and biological weapons, and the will to use them. The second and subsidiary effect should be to attempt to establish a more democratic Iraq in place of the bloody dictatorship which has oppressed its own people and tyrannised its minorities, for over two decades. The Prime Minister said in Tuesday's Commons debate that regime change was not the object of the war, but that it would be one of the blessings that results from it. These aims are just and honourable. Of course the means we use are crucial. We have the Prime Minister's assurance that both US and British military will do everything possible to minimise civilian casualties, but we must accept that the nature of aerial warfare and the cynical policy of the Iraqi military in positioning strategic sites in civilian areas, will mean that it will not be possible to avoid the deaths of many innocent people. The hope must be that the crushing use of force will be rapid in its effect - in the interests both of the civilian population and of our own forces.

Our thoughts are with our soldiers now, and with their families, who will endure so much anxiety until they return.

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