05:06:02 pm on March 5, 2007 |
IS IT THE END?
by Mohd Firdaus Md Hamsin
Although last week (21/2/07) Tony Blair announces for retrieval of 1600 British army from Iraq, but still it does not provide the strong indicator that Blair is ready to quit from the mission that has cost 133 life of British soldier in Iraq. This announcement would be considered as parts of his effort to saves his political career, threatened by the massive uproar among the British public when Blair decided to join Iraq “liberation” campaign led by U.S President, George W Bush, in March 2003.
The public uproar not only costs his (Blair) popularity among British people, but also almost costs the Labour Party its majority in House of Common. During 2005 British General Election, Labour only manages to obtain 347 parliamentary seats out of 646 available in House of Common, the massive reduction from 403 seats in 2001.
Despite number of concern among the member of the Labour Party, but still it does not provide the clear picture that it would affect the formulation of British foreign policy in future.
This has been reflected when the party expelled several of its member including George Galloway, for their strong protest against war on Iraq.
Other indicator is the rumor among the media in Britain that, Gordon Brown, arranges several private visits to U.S in order to forges the strong partnership with U.S, when Blair expected to relinquish his premiership by the end of this September.
Brown, currently holding the position as a finances minister, has widely been tipped to occupy the leaderships of the Labour Party, automatically as a new Prime Minister of Britain.
Besides that, his (Brown) stand on Iraq becomes a huge question mark since he does not clearly express his view on the issues related. Another indicator is the offer that has been made by U.S to install its new “Trident” missiles defend system in Britain, expected to be approves by the members on the House of Common this March, has been critics by the British media as a “gift” for the strong support its provide for U.S during campaign in Afghanistan and Iraq.
By using the history of cooperation between both countries since the First World War as a reference, it hard to imagine such relationships would end in the near future. History also stated that, most of cooperation occurred during the premiership of the
Conservatives prime minister, currently acting seated in opposition bench in House Common. Even though the government of the Labour Party been replaces by Conservatives, not many changes would be expected with a special reference to British “special” relationships with U.S!
For further reading and latest development in Britain, the following websites would be beneficial for the readers who are interested with the issues: http://www.sundayherald.com, news.independent.co.uk, http://www.stopwar.org.uk, and, http://www.timeslines.co.uk.
About the author :
The author currently a post graduate student in Political Science, International Islamic University Malaysia. Firdaus is also a resident of Ali Ibn Abi Talib Residential College. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org