The following address from Lieutenant
Colonel Tim Collins has been widely covered by the media. It is
truly an outstanding address
Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Collins, the 42-year-old
commander of The Royal Irish battle group, delivered this speech
to his troops in Kuwait on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before
they went into battle.
"THE enemy should be in no doubt that we are his Nemesis and
that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many
regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are
stoking the fires of Hell for Saddam. As they die they will know
their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity.
But those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send.
As for the others, I expect you to rock their world. "We go
to liberate, not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their
country. We are entering Iraq to free a people, and the only flag
that will be flown in that ancient land is their own. Don't treat
them as refugees, for they are in their own country.
I know men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts.
They live with the mark of Cain upon them. If someone surrenders
to you, then remember they have that right in international law,
and ensure that one day they go home to their family. The ones
who wish to fight, well, we remember, when they woke up and got
dressed in the morning they did not plan to die this day. Allow
them dignity in death. Bury them properly, and mark their graves.
You will be shunned unless your conduct is of the highest, for
your deeds will follow you down history. Iraq is steeped in history.
It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood, and the
birth 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 ...
There may be people among us who will not see the end of this
campaign. We will put them in their sleeping bags and send them
back. There will be no time for sorrow. Let's leave Iraq a better
place for us having been there. Our business now, is north."