Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Mr Howard said Iraq was now at a "tilting point" following its landmark elections, and the Australian troops were needed to help rebuild the country.
The task force, which will have infantry and cavalry units as well as some 40 armoured vehicles, will be assisting the roles of Japanese troops currently serving in southern Iraq.
"Tilting point" must be Australian for "tipping point." I sort of think of "tilting" as coming before "tipping," so maybe Howard wants to flip a tilt into a tip. No matter. Thank you again, Australia!
The best part is the mission:
Their primary task will be providing security for the Japanese engineering and support forces doing humanitarian work in the Al Mutthanna province.
"The first (task) will be to provide a secure environment for the Japanese engineering and support forces which are making a valuable humanitarian contribution to the rebuilding process," Mr Howard said.
There are ANZAC veterans from World War II who never, ever, in a million years would have imagined that they would see the day that Australian soldiers would deploy to protect Japanese doing humanitarian work. The world can change a great deal in a very short period of time.