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Thrust of argument: Patrick Cockburn writes in the Independent: 'The traumatic experience of Britain's participation in the 2003 Iraq war led the Government to have as little to do with the country as possible. By the spring of 2014, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) prepared its great offensive that would capture a third of Iraq, the political section of the British embassy in Baghdad consisted of just three junior diplomats on short-term deployment. The British consulate in Basra, the city that had been the base for UK military operation between 2003 and 2007 and is the centre of Iraq's oil industry, had been closed in 2011. Amazingly, Iraq was apparently a low priority for British intelligence at a moment when it was becoming obvious that much of the country was being taken over by the world's most violent terrorist movement.' Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Cockburn explains: 'Isis, under pressure in Iraq, rebuilt its strength by joining the Syrian revolt. As for the famous 'moderates' who are going to oppose Isis and Assad, Biden said that 'there was no moderate middle because the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers'. Not surprisingly, when I asked an Iraqi friend last week what Britain could do to help the Iraqi government, he replied only half-jokingly: 'Bomb Saudi Arabia!''

 

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Removal of resistance: Cockburn reminds us: 'Biden's words are now almost forgotten, but they undoubtedly reflect many America leaders' real take on the situation. He said that Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey 'were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war. What did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad, except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.'' Unification: It should worry you greatly that the huge dark comedy of errors which is 'British and US intervention' ('abroad') could impact us all very directly, very suddenly, very loudly and very painfully. We must take back Parliament and denounce this insanity with every drop of energy we have. It is more important than our jobs, our shopping, our leisure time. It is our highest priority.
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