I just spoke to a soldier friend who served in Basra. He says this does not fit with his experience of events in Basra:
"The complete withdrawal of British troops from Basra, abandoning the Iraqis to the murderous grip of the militias which, over the four years of the occupation [Tony Blair] had done little to contain. Just over two months later, the deed was done. On the back of a tawdry deal with the Mahdi Army, to enable them to creep away without being attacked, British troops evacuated Basra Palace on 2 September." "As for his easy boast that, "Our troops are … extremely well equipped," in the base to which the troops had retreated, more than 450 rockets had been fired in three months. For protection, one officer said that in tented accommodation all people can do is put on their body armour and helmets and "pray" they were not hit. "The situation is far worse than is being portrayed back home," said one RAF officer. "People are just relying on luck to stay alive."
You spoke to a soldier! Was that the one who ventured out into Basra in the back of a Snatch and learnt all there was to know? Or was he the cook in the canteen who spoke to somebody, who spoke to somebody, who told him .... ?
Have you any idea how meaningless your comment is?
Read this: http://spencepublishing.typepad.com/in_ ... rol_1.html
especially the last few paragraphs.