Journalist William Bowles investigates and finds it hard to get past the British and BBC spin:
"When viewed in the context of all the stories that have been circulating about the mythical 'al-Zarqawi' and the alleged role of al-Qaeda, the events in Basra are the first real evidence that we have of the role of occupation forces in destabilising Iraq through the use of agents provocateurs masquerading as 'insurgents'."
As for American, British and Australian ambitions in Iraq, this gives us a clue:
"A Foreign Office source said the goal of the US Administration to turn Iraq into a beacon of democracy in the Middle East had long ago been shelved. "We will settle for leaving behind an Iraqi democracy that is creaking along," the source said."
For some Australian armchair warmongers, however, blind propaganda for the Iraq cause will always smell sweet, no matter the facts.