Each time we open the papers or switch on the news, there is a new story about the post-war situation in Iraq.
I am going to explore the difficult question of Britain’s troops and whether they should be pulled out of Iraq. Daily reports in the media lead to very different views about if our troops and their vote in post-war Iraq. Some are saying keep them in to fight with the Americans and keep Iraq under control. Others are saying that it is not our war it is the Americans and they should fight it on their own. They say pull out our troops. I will be analysing and summarise some information and reports and look at the views and check the validity of the information.
The first bit of research that I am going to analyse is about a poll pulling out the British troops and is from an article in the mirror Sep 1 2003.
I have chosen this source because I thought that it contains some useful information about the war in Iraq and also about what the public think about the situation. This source is in favour of the British troops being pulled out. This source is valid because it is from a newspapers website but not all newspapers are reliable but in my opinion The Mirror is because it is one of the biggest tabloids and it likes to keep the readers happy. In my first source it tells you that the majority of people do want British troops to pull out of Iraq whether it is now or gradually. But Tony Blair shows no sign of taking any of their advice. In the piece of research it tells you about 3 out of 5 people want British troops taken out of Iraq with 29% wanting immediate withdrawal. Some of the advantages of keeping the troops in are that we are helping America in their time at war and also we are helping them keep the war crisis down to a minimum.
My next source is taken from the website and the people who own the website are a news bureau. It details the events leading to 3 soldiers being sent home. It also considers what was happening during the war, and before it to remind us of people’s feelings in the UK at that time.
It basically talks about the death of soldiers in Iraq and protests about British troops being in Iraq. I have chosen this source because this is a good bit of information about bringing the troops back and people objecting to them staying in Iraq. The first paragraph in this source tells you about some British troops not wanting to take part in the war and objecting to the idea of it so what happened to them is that they got arrested and sent to jail just because they refused to fight in the war. The next section in this is about a march against the war and that they don’t believe that Saddam Hussein is a threat. Robin Cook also disagrees with the war and wish that British troops were pulled out. The last section in the source goes on and tells you about the deaths that have been in Iraq. There are loads of people in this source that object to the war so this is a good bit of text for that. I think that this is a valid source because it is from a website which is called Islam Online so it has everything to do about Islam so that is where the war has been going on so they would know most of the things that have been going on there.
My third source argues against bringing the troops home. This source is from The Star and is against the troops being pulled out of Iraq. Tony Blair states that he hasn’t got a “reverse gear” and that he will fight on and will carry on with the war with Iraq. He says that he has no regrets and would make the same decision again. Even though British and American troops are dying and have died in Iraq Tony Blair still wants to carry on side by side with George Bush fighting the Iraqi forces. Also the source talks about some of the public wanting Tony Blair to resign. This source is valid because it is from the Star and is from an article which was dated Sep 1 2003 and they have cameramen and reporters over in Iraq and I trust it because it is a paper which is in the ranks with the other papers so it would contain some good info. Obviously the decision lies ultimately with Tony Blair – it was him who sent the troops in so he must believe in the cause, because he wouldn’t risk soldiers lives carelessly.
My last source is from the internet from a website which talks about some of the countries in the world and if you look in the paragraph below it will tell you which countries they are. Also it talks about the British public being concerned about the troops in Iraq but they want them to stay to “finish the job”.
This source is from Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty which is a radio station and website that tells you information and news reports from around the world and broadcasts in the countries shown here, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Middle East, and is funded by the United States Congress. This source talks about the concern for the troops but that they have to stay in Iraq to solve the problem first. This source is of a valid because it is written by a news reporter so she would know what is going on over there because they would have cameramen and people over there doing work. This source as valid as the others sources and gets its information through America.
Comparing the Sources
Sources one and two are reasons why troops should be pulled out of Iraq. Source one tells you about the demand for the troops to be pulled out of Iraq when asked whether to, to be pulled out now, gradually or to stay in for as long as necessary and most of the population voted for them to be pulled out gradually. Source two talks about how people have protested and have been sent to prison for arguing against going to fight in the war but also how people have died in the war and that this is why we should not be at war any longer. They are similar in the feeling that it shouldn’t have been our war in the first place and troops are being killed because of the way the war was handled. If you compare source three with the other sources they are about the same the same thing but they have different views on whether the troops should stay there or not. Source four talks about the troops and that they should not be pulled out now but should stay in Iraq to finish the job. But source three is more influential because Tony Blair is the one who is talking in that one and it gives his opinion. But near enough the source all talk about the troops coming home. In all of the sources we feel a sense of doubt and it seems clear that Britain went to war without understanding the consequences. Now it seems that the feeling is ‘we made the mess, so we should clear it up’.
I think that the troops should stay in for a little bit longer just to finish some loose ends but then they would get pulled out as soon as they have done that because we can’t lose any more lives than we already have. Tony Blair believes that he has made the right decision when he ordered the troops to go in to Iraq and he has no regrets that he has done because he wants to help his fellow country in war and he feels that he would make the same decision again if necessary .If we pull out now, the good people of Iraq will suffer – they did nothing wrong and deserve our support. But overall I think that people would really like the war to end and for the troops to get reunited with their families.