I only saw the BBC edit of the interview but he stated a couple of times that although there had to be boots on the ground at some point he didn't foresee that they would be predominantly western. I am as wary as anyone when listening to Blair but I accept he knows a good deal more than myself on Middle East matters and nothing he said rang untrue or misleading.Sorry, Fishhead, I didn't get that particular nuance at all. I understood his comments to be four square along the lines that UK plc may have to put UK boots on the ground if we wanted to see this threat neutralised. Shades of "that is the only way to do it, so what happened in 2003 was justifiable in the same way that it will be again in 2014/2015" The man is a disgrace
Friday or Saturday at this rate! Apparently parliament is getting recalled Friday to discuss this matter.I'm wondering how long before one of our SSN's gets the order to start lobbing TLAM's into Syria/Iraq!
They're not. They returned a couple of weeks ago and promptly decamped first to Scotland and now at their respective Party conferences which somehow have to be in term time. Easier to claim expenses I suppose.That's another subjet for a thread of its own. Recalling parliment! I can't believe that they are still on their summer holidays!
I suspect you've already identified the inconsistencies. A bit like the 7 Samurai/Magnificent 7: the bad buggers take over the nice people's town. So if you lay siege to the town, the bad buggers will starve. The nice people will starve before the not nice people do, of course. That will inspire the nice people to gang up on the nice people to gang up on and overthrow the nasty people? I don't really see that working out.Having terrorised the local population (unless those remaining are enthusiastic participants in what is going on, which I doubt) and expelled a section of what was the previous established community who no doubt contributed towards said civic settlement, how do they actually keep these towns functioning at even a basic level?
And why are we (the West) bombing them? Maybe we should resurrect the old warfare tactic of the siege. To be a "state", you need to co-operate and co-ordinate with those who live within and also beyond your borders or you simply will not prosper. If this Islamic State cannot and will not do so, then refuse to supply anything - cut the power supply, dam the water, no movement in or out. And then wait.
Between 22 July and 13th October they have spent 2 weeks sitting. Tht's 2 out of 12. Their salary is £67K per year before expences. Nice work if you can get it!They're not. They returned a couple of weeks ago and promptly decamped first to Scotland and now at their respective Party conferences which somehow have to be in term time. Easier to claim expenses I suppose.