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Saturday, October 14, 2006
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The link is to A.R.R.S.E. The British ARmy RUmour SErvice.

It is interesting how the media have picked up on what is effectively army gossip with various squaddies making anonymous comments in support of Sir Richard Dannatt.

Sir Richard should have expected to be sacked in making the comments he did. However, actually what should happen is that the goverment should recognise that their policy in Iraq (and also in Helmand) is wrong.

None of these things are Rocket Science (notwithstanding the use of RPGs). Human nature has been the same over years. People resist occupations simply because there is an occupation. It does not matter to that extent how many empty schools are built. If there is an occupation the people will resist it. The greater the force of the occupation the greater the resistance until such a point as it cannot increase.

The real problem, of course, is that although you can "up the ante" trying to cool things down is difficult.

Still we will see what happens over the weekend. If Sir Richard remains in post we must see a change in military policy.
 
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