A former General in the British Army says that the US and the UK should admit defeat and withdraw from Iraq.
General Sir Michael Rose also said he understood why insurgents were attacking coalition forces and said he believed they were right to try and force invading troops out of the country. Asked on BBC2's Newsnight if he thought the insurgents were right to try to get the American forces out of Iraq, he said: "Yes I do.
"As Lord Chatham said, when he was speaking on the British presence in North America, he said 'if I was an American, as I am an Englishman, as long as one Englishman remained on American native soil, I would never, never, never lay down my arms'.
The Iraqi insurgents feel exactly the same way. I don't excuse them for some of the terrible things they do, but I do understand why they are resisting the Americans."
He added: "It is the soldiers who have been telling me from the front line that the war they have been fighting is a hopeless war, that they cannot possibly win it and the sooner we start talking politics and not military solutions, the sooner they will come home and their lives will be preserved." Asked if that meant admitting defeat, he said: "Of course we have to admit defeat.
"The British admitted defeat in North America and the catastrophes that were predicted at the time never happened.
In the coming days, I'll be supplying some examples of the incendiary rhetoric among British Parliamentarians agonizing over the question of whether to continue fighting the American rebels for control of the colonies. The rhetoric used then was very similar to what we hear today in the US Congress' debates over the Iraq War. Ultimately, the British made the difficult but correct decision to abandon the colonies. Eventually, we will do the same in Iraq.
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