Monday 26th of February 2024

exit stage left .....

exit stage left .....

We’re going to hear those fateful words 'Mission accomplished' about Iraq again, unless I am very much mistaken. The British recognise that they have to get their forces out of the country soon after next January 1 because the UN could consider the presence of the American-British force illegal.  

The Americans and British have been told that the UN Security Council Resolution allowing the international force powers of occupation in Iraq will not be renewed when it runs out on December 31. Being deemed illegal by any international authority, let alone the UN, has never bothered the Bush-Cheney regime. But for the British it is an entirely different matter.  

Britain is signed up to the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Human Rights and both international and EU law now feature strongly in British military justice.  

Any British soldier deemed to be in breach of international or EU human rights law in Iraq after the expiry of the UN resolution could be brought before the International Criminal Court in the Hague for war crimes.  

This is why the Brown government has started 'spinning' through political journalists the message that we have achieved 'stability' - even 'success' - in Basra and we must go by Christmas.  

UK Puts Brave Face On Iraq Withdrawal