British Bully Boys or Operation Sensible ?
December 31, 2006 2:06am CST
Video footage has surfaced showing British troops using inappropriate force on young Iraqi youths who were unarmed and out numbered. Should this alarm the public anymore ? Was it a matter of " sending a message " to the Iraqis to behave? Would an investigation in UK satisfy you ? Opinion "A" : Prime Minister Blair has ordered a full and thorough investigation immediately. He finds the images abhorrent but insisted that " the vast majority of British troops are well behaved." A top brass from the army has also appeared on TV to castigate the bad behaviour and reiterate that no stones will be unturned in bringing the culprits to face the music. Some may say that this is the only way to enforce your military presence from day one in order to deter more trouble down the line, which could actually cost lives. The investigations ordered show how a full democracy is at work ensuring transparency and accountability at all times. Opinion "B" : This is another example of the bully boy tactic reminiscent of the Abu Ghraib disgrace. It takes the courage of whistleblowers to reveal such inhumane treatment perpetrated by the occupation troops. This is the stuff which helps recruitment by Al-Qaeda . This is the reason why the war has bogged down in a quamire because this is not way to win the hearts and minds of the locals.