: Prince Charles praises as “stirring, civilised and humane” a British colonel’s eloquent speech that he gave as he went with his troops into battle. Lt. Col. Tim Collins said:

“We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country…

“Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there….

“…you will have to go a long way to find a more decent, generous and upright people than the Iraqis.

“You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing….

“As for ourselves, let’s bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there. Our business now is north.”

  • Pyecraft


  • Theresa

    I had the privilege of reading the entire speech. Our Vice Wing Commander sent it out via e-mail. I can tell you from a military member’s perspective, I would follow that Lt Col into battle, no questions asked. The speech ranks right up there with the Patton speech. In response to Pyecraft’s comment, the Commander was talking from the perspective of being in Kuwait prior to the actual start of the war. God Bless America, our troops, and Mr. Bush.

  • kkl

    Wait a minute….didn’t Britain’s screwy policies a la 1947 (or whenever) cause most of our current day middle east problems? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they found their voice, but give me a break.