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Issue No. 1963

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“We’ve all got to be as British as Carry On films and scotch eggs and falling over on the beach while trying to change into your swimming trunks with a towel on. We should all feel the same mysterious pang at the sight of the queen. We do indeed need to inculcate this Britishness, especially into young Muslims.”
Tory MP Boris Johnson, helpfully clarifying the debate about what constitutes British values

“I just don’t understand how, if we were given training to do this, you can say that we were wrong and should have known better.”
US soldier Willie V Brand, who is being charged with maiming and assaulting prisoners in Afghanistan.

“I know they were forced to stand, handcuffed to chains that extended from the ceiling. It was plainly visible and discussed as a technique.”
US colonel John Loffert, about the treatment of people at Bagram detention centre in Afghanistan

“It’s not realistic to think we will stop this. We are fighting an enemy that goes home at night and doesn’t wear uniforms.”
US sergent Daniel McDonnell, who is part of a team responsible for finding and defusing explosives in Baghdad

“We have little impact on their actual strength or even their ability to operate.”
Kenneth Pollack, from the US thinktank the Brookings Institute on the Iraqi resistance

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Sat 13 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1963
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