Post War Administration

The British have established the first post-war administration in Basra, by appointing a local Sheikh to put together an administrative committee. I can't help feeling that this could be viewed by the locals as installing a 'puppet' of the Invading army - and can only hope that they make it clear very early on that it will be an interim measure, and that the early folks cannot automatically keep 'power'.

The BBC has an analysis of the situation in Basra.