In the highest reaches of the Brown government, there exists a simplistic mindset that thinks of Afghanistan as the good war and Iraq the bad one. Never mind that the strategic consequences of failure in Iraq would be worse than those of failing in Afghanistan or that this Labour government has a moral responsibility to see through what it started.
What the recent events in Basra have demonstrated beyond doubt is that the situation that Britain left behind was unsustainable, something that the government and the military were repeatedly warned about before British troops withdrew to the airport. America has not been an easy country to be allied with in recent years, the diplomacy of the Bush administration has left much to be desired. But the truth is that Britain’s behaviour towards the new Iraqi has been worse on a much more fundamental and serious level.