: 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.”