1. The army and police cannot cope on their own. 2. The government would collapse within months 3. The militants would regain control, giving them the oil revenue to use as funds to carry out campaigns against us nearer home.
1. Oil. 2. Oil 3. Oil 4. Naff all to do with the indigenous population or the stability of the Government......and anyone barking enough to think any different is really away with the fairies.
There has been conflict in that area for thousands of years and if anyone thinks that a group of idealistic British soldiers, who are erroneously told that they will 'win hearts and minds', are going to make any difference, they are really out of reality and orbiting planet Mungo. The Brit economic soldiers are fighting a faith and a belief and the sooner their truly gormless generals realise this, the sooner they will scarper back here.
has a very great deal to do with the stability of the government - if it collapsed there would be a political vacuum, and a blood bath as rival factions fought for control.
Oil is at the heart of our interest - that much is true - and quite rightly so. Any nation that controls reserves as large as those in Iraq will have other countries queuing up to offer all kinds of help the minute we board the aircraft home. The "truly gormless generals" who command the British troops in Iraq possibly know a tad more about the situation than is broadcast on the telly for armchair critics to dissect and debate. Nouri al-Maliki may well say that he doesn't need British troops any more but he has absolutely zero experience of getting a country back on its feet, and is deluding himself if he thinks he can maintain law and order without some serious help. He also spends far too much of his time showing bias towards the Shiites.