John Simpson on BBc News tonight interviewing the leader of the Badr Brigade: "When I went to see the political head of the Badr Brigade, now that the British are leaving for good, I expected him to be crowing over his militia's supposed victory. On the contrary, Forat al-Shar'a was full of praise for the way the British had behaved in Basra. They were, he said, cleverer than the Americans, and had treated the Iraqis with great wisdom. They knew what had been required here, and the fact that the British were leaving peacefully is a genuine achievement. That came from their worst enemy here. Ordinary people I have spoken to agree. They are worried about the Americans, who they think will be aggressive and hostile, and they speak of the British leaving with genuine regret. " http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8027797.stm I suppose only time will tell what will happen next... Thoughts?