The extraction of British soldiers encamped near Basra airfield is an exercise similar to the extraction of the British soldiers who were surrounded in Basra palace.
Basra province is wholly outside of the control of the British. The soldiers are doing precisely nothing but defending themselves from attack, by all means including negotiation.
The political posturing indulged yesterday is precisely what was feared during the leaving of Basra palace, and can only complicate the avoidance of the soldiers having to fight their way out.
After denying realisable military objectives, any administration of territory planning, engaging for years in the grotesque underfunding of forces putting soldiers lives at even higher risk, Labour and its mired Leader play gesture politics to round out their political hand.
Two million marched and demonstrated to stop this even beginning; those two million must be sure to vote to help end this regime, with no fancy footwork to pretend that somehow it wasn't really Labour that sent these soldiers into their bitter endgame.
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