The commentators 13-06-14
Iraq is failing as a unified state not because of Saddam Hussein’s removal but because we, as an exhausted coalition, left it to its own devices and the influences of its neighbours in 2011 and simply hoped for the best.
- Richard Williams, Times
Iraq under Saddam Hussein was a fully functioning state in which it was possible to live a fulfilled life. He is aware that what he is saying may be the equivalent of observing that Hitler made the trains run on time. But he wonders how many Iraqis today – particularly those in flight, with nothing but their children and a few hastily gathered possessions – look back on the Saddam years. Years of oppression? Or years of tolerable normality, when life wasn’t so bad at all?
- Chris Maume, Independent
Tempted as you may be to dismiss what is going on in Iraq and Syria as a quarrel in a faraway country, its implications are directly – frighteningly – relevant to us.
That is the real worry.
- Stephen Pollard, Daily Express
The truth is that if we do not act now, we will surely act later. Having protected the freedom and autonomy of the Kurds since the Kuwait war, we cannot abandon them now, or leave them dependent on protection from Iran. We have to go back to Iraq to rescue democracy. After all, as Margaret Thatcher said at the time of the Falklands, why else do we have armed forces?
- John McTernan, Guardian
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