Thursday, March 07, 2013

UK politics: an ironic contrast

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The UK is to provide armoured vehicles and body armour to opposition forces in Syria "to help save lives", Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday.

This is as we approach the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, with troops crossing the border from Kuwait on the 20 March 2003. I wonder if Hague appreciates the irony of the moment – that our troops then were not equipped either with sufficient body armour, or suitable armoured vehicles.

And here we are, ten years later, giving away exactly that kit to people who could just have easily been on the other side and, at some time in the future, probably will be.