Flashback to the British invasion
of Iraq: "Show them no
pity. They have stains on their souls"
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.
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.
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.”
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
troops told: Be just and strong
BBC News website, 20 March 2003