Monday, April 19, 2004
Anyway, it looks like the coalition is strong. So strong, as a matter of fact, that Honduras may be reconsidering its troop involvement and Boucher said he was "not aware of any change" among the other Latin American troops, "but I'd have to check." Yeah, get back to us on that, will ya, because we're bracing for more withdrawals here. I mean, we got a whole hornets nest to take care of and the Iraqi's obviously won't do it themselves.
You have to read the article for the full enormity of the situation that is brewing (Iraqi troops being detained for failure to follow orders); however, here are a few quotes:
"They told us to attack the city and we were astonished. How could an Iraqi fight an Iraqi like this? This meant that nothing had changed from the Saddam Hussein days. We refused en masse," said Ali al-Shamari.
Bukhtiar Saleh, a Kurdish soldier, said US heavy-handedness had discouraged him from fighting.
"They were bombing the city with warplanes and using cluster bombs. I could not be a part of this," he said.
Sunni, Shia, and Kurds are disgusted by our actions. Ok, fine. Damn Iraqis can't deal with responsibility and aren't ready for democracy, but the Brit troops aren't too happy either.