The Corner

Liberation

The Daily Telegraph has this report of a British officer speaking to his troops. Here’s an extract:

“We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag which will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Show respect for them. There are some who are alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory. If someone surrenders, ensure that one day they go home to their family. The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please…As for ourselves, let’s bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there. Our business now is north.”

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