If I understand this correctly, yesterday the Brits raided a jail in Basra, Iraq to free two British troops who were being held on suspicion of killing an Iraqi policemen. Many people in Basra were angered, if not by the accusation of the policemen being killed then by the raid, and more than small number of them rioted and/or attacked British military vehicles (Terri Judd and Colin Brown, The Independent, September 20).
While it is worth noting that there have been allegations that "extremists" have infiltrated the police department of Basra (Simon Freeman, The Times, September 20), as a citizen of a charter member of the coalition of the willing, I think it is safe to say we aren't exactly feeling the love from the Iraqis right now.
It seems that these nice little people don't want to be liberated, which is something I just for the life of me cannot grasp, although I am perfectly comfortable with it since I think it is about time that we start proudly saying once again that we had to invade and we have to occupy for the sake of keeping us safe and free from enemies.
This is not the end, but the start of a great new beginning.