On Gordon Brown’s first day as Prime Minister of England, three British soldiers were killed in Basra. They had left the safety of their base to participate in a scouting mission when militants killed them. The International Crisis Group claims British failure in Basra is no different from American in Baghdad. In neither case are the British or Americans confronting the reality that existing political parties are the problem, not the solution to ending violence.
It is noteworthy that Brown selected David Miliband as his Foreign Secretary, someone who for years has expressed doubts about the entire Iraq war. Brown also brought back into government John Denham who had resigned in 2003 over the invasion. Brown will be unable to take immediate action to distance himself from Blair’s toady policies with Bush, but it will comes.