"it seems you do not understand realpolitik either , the reason for browns volte face is because the british army has been denied funds for 10 years of labour misrule and is unable to effectively cover its widespread duties" For someone who claims to post from Belfast, you are astonishingly ignorant of British politics, Victor. Gordon Brown is winding down the British involvement in Iraq because he does not want to stain his premiership with the debacle. Blair's premiership was ruined by Iraq. Brown is also falling in with the wishes of Labour backbenchers and labour party supporters in the country. Finally, Gordon Brown is - as I said before - isolationist by nature and Bush has found it impossible to suck such a dour, reserved Scotsman into his chummy web.
2 Turkish security personnel killed, 24 wounded by Kurdish suicide bomb in eastern Turkey (Reuters)
from the article: A conference of cowboys