Despite the ignorami of the MSM and Democrat Party leadership (Pelosi/Reid) claiming defeat when Iraqi forces first begain the assault in Basra, it looks increasingly like the Maliki campaign is a success.Â (h/t – Instapundit)
All across Iraq’s second city life is improving, a month after Iraqi troops began a surprise crackdown on the black-clad gangs who were allowed to flourish under the British military.Â The gunmen’s reign had enforced a strict set of religious codes.
Yet after three years of being terrified of kidnap, rape and murder â€” a fate that befell scores of other women â€” Nadyia Ahmed, 22, is among those enjoying a sense of normality, happy for the first time to attend her science course at Basra University. â€œI now have the university life that I heard of at high school before the war and always dreamt about,â€ she told The Times. â€œIt was a nightmare because of these militiamen. I only attended class three days a week but now I look forward to going every day.â€
The real problem we are now realizing is that the British military allowed the militias to control Basra.Â
Raids are continuing in a few remaining strongholds but the Iraqi commander in charge of the unprecedented operation is confident that his forces will soon achieve something that the British military could not â€” a city free from rogue gunmen.
British and US officials acknowledge tentatively that a turning point has been reached. Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the British Army, made an unannounced visit to Basra over the weekend.
Local people are daring to hope that the dark days of death squads and kidnap are over, displaying the sort of optimism that was last seen when British forces arrived in 2003 with the false promise of a better life free from Saddam Hussein.
Um… shouldn’t this news be leading all of the network news programs?Â The Iraqi Army is doing what we have been asking them to do.Â And at the same time pushing back on the Iranian influence in Southern Iraq.Â Â So why isn’t Brian Williams broadcasting live from Basra?
The more important quesiton in all of this:Â Is the submission of (homeland)Â Britain to IslamicÂ influence and lawÂ affecting the British military as well?Â After all, this is the same British military that surrendered one of its ships to Iran with nary a peep, much less any shots fired.
Winston must be spinning in his grave.