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Flashback to British invasion of Iraq:"Show them no pity. They have stains on their souls"
by Cem Ertür
Tuesday Mar 19th, 2013 10:45 AM
British commander Tim Collin’s “historic” speech on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq was the final act of a six-month long intensive propaganda campaign in Britain.




Flashback to the British invasion of Iraq: "Show them no pity. They have stains on their souls"



Propaganda alert

compiled by Cem Ertür

19 March 2013






British commander Tim Collin’s “historic” speech on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq was the final act of a six-month long intensive propaganda campaign in Britain.





 


The Sun, 20 March 2003




[caption]    ENEMY troops with "stains on their souls" must be shown no pity, British soldiers were told last night as they prepared for war.

                  Lt Col Tim Collins, pictured, issued a battlecry in Kuwait for Our Boys to "rock the world" of Saddam's evil diehards.

                  He ordered that they be wiped out - but told his 800 men to spare Iraqis who switch sides.



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“The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional [i.e. Iraqi] commanders who have stains on their souls, and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam. He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done. As they die, they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity. […]  I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose.”



[British commander Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins, speech delivered to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment, Fort Blair Mayne base near Kuwait’s border with Iraq, 19 March 2003. The invasion of Iraq was officially launched the following day.]  (*)




(*)  UK troops told: Be just and strong

      BBC News website, 20 March 2003


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