Coalition should 'admit defeat and leave Iraq' By Richard Holt Last Updated: 2:15am BST 04/05/2007
A former commander of the British Army has said that Britain and America should "admit defeat" and withdraw from Iraq.
General Sir Michael Rose also said he understood why insurgents were attacking coalition forces and said he believed they were right to try and force invading troops out of the country.
Sir Michael, who led British Forces in Bosnia, has written a book comparing the insurgents' tactics with those of George Washington's forces in the American War of Independence.
Asked on BBC2's Newsnight if he thought the insurgents were right to try to get the American forces out of Iraq, he said: "Yes I do.
"As Lord Chatham said, when he was speaking on the British presence in North America, he said 'if I was an American, as I am an Englishman, as long as one Englishman remained on American native soil, I would never, never, never lay down my arms'.
"The Iraqi insurgents feel exactly the same way. I don't excuse them for some of the terrible things they do, but I do understand why they are resisting the Americans." ...
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