The “liberating” forces do not appear to be finding the grateful and receptive Iraq they expected. From an article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald:
The heart-wrenching local accounts of casualties – as well as the looting and lawlessness in Basra – is turning some public opinion against the British troops.
Andres Kruesi of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Basra said there is a “total lack of authority” in the city of about 1.3 million people. British troops, he said, “are not a police force, but they have to establish a police force as the occupying power”.
British military leaders have dispatched foot patrols and stationed tanks and armoured vehicles at hospitals and major intersections in an effort to deter criminals.
Some residents said the city was better when Saddam was in control.
“We felt safety with Saddam Hussein. He was controlling the situation very well,” said Ammar Mohammed, 32, a marine engineer.