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February 01, 2006

Why We Are In Iraq

There has been a huge amount of talk about the 100th British soldier killed in Iraq. He's been used, in particular, for political reasons by those who maintain the "Bush & Blair lied" line.

There is a very powerful piece in the Times, in which we hear from the family of this soldier. His name was Corporal Gordon Pritchard, by the way, not "the 100th British soldier killed in Iraq".

His father is quoted.

"He said in a perfect world we would not need to be in Iraq. But if there was no one else there to protect the people from madmen with guns then we should do it.”

That's why he and his colleagues are still there. I wish that we were prouder of them when they were alive.

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