By Mick Krever, CNN
A highly respected former British commander on Thursday said that the UK had a responsibility to help put Iraq back together again.
“Britain created Iraq in 1920,” Col. Tim Collins told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Thursday. “It’s hard to say at this moment is there such a nation as Iraq.”
There must be a strong diplomatic effort to create a more “balanced country;” an effort to supply the Kurds with equipment, ammunition, and training; and an effort to get Sunni tribes on board with fighting ISIS, itself an extremist Sunni group.
“ISIS can only be defeated by being rejected by Sunni Muslims the region. But the problem is Sunni Muslims in the region feel very oppressed,” he said.
The UK, of course, invaded Iraq with the United States in 2003; but Collins did not believe that was a cause of the current chaos.
“Whether we had done that invasion or not, this state of affairs would exist anyway because of what we’ve called the Arab Spring, it’s the Arab revolutions. There would have been an uprising against the Baathist regime in the same way there was in Syria. So I think it would have happened anyway.”
Click above to watch Gorani’s full conversation with Collins.