The propaganda from Basra is falling in line with what I predicted.
Glaivester: "Probably again, we will hear that the current police force is controlled by Iran, and that most of the Basrans hate it, and that ther Brits are "liberating" those poor Basrans from Iranian rule..."
Telegraph: "Basra has fallen under the control of a cabal of renegade police commanders who have enforced a reign of terror in the city."
"Rumours are whispered everywhere about the malevolent influence of Iran, whose border lies just a few miles away."
Not that I think that the Basran police department is a bunch of angels; yes, they are corrupt. But I have a feeling that the Basrans are far more comfortable with them than they are with the Brits. The idea that the Brits are going to be seen as liberating the poor Basrans from Iranian oppression is dubious at best, ludicrous at worst.
Welcome to the Twilight Zone.
That is all.