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Military pin-up turns critic of war – World –


Tim Collins, who commanded the Royal Irish Regiment during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, said “the war as it was prosecuted was a mistake, and history will judge that”.

He said the 20th century had been “blighted by a war which began in 1914 and arguably didn’t end until the fall of the Berlin Wall. It now falls on Australia and the United Kingdom to persuade the Americans not to blight the 21st century with a war which involves future generations.”

While he believed removing Saddam Hussein had been necessary, the US-led coalition had been “incompetent’ in not forging a broader coalition and in not having a five-year plan for after the invasion…

Colonel Collins, who has retired from the military, achieved overnight fame in 2003 when British journalists recorded a stirring address he made to his troops just before they crossed over into Iraqi territory. For a time he was a pin-up among coalition military commanders. But in his recently published book, Rules of Engagement, he criticises US military culture for its failure to engage with the local population. He told the Herald: “The Americans really only understand subjugation”…

It appears the book is hardly a seditious document though: see “REVIEW ESSAY: British Armed Forces in Iraq” (Royal United Services Institute site).
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