...but a British soldier who was witness to the transition said that as the last British soldiers drove away, they saw Iraqis with pick-up trucks, filling them with valuable equipment.
Within days, everything of any value on the base was looted, including air-conditioning units, water filtration systems, chairs, bedding, kitchen utensils, etc. When the commander of British forces in southeast Iraq, Brigadier James Everard, discussed the matter with the province's governor he was told that the camp had "largely gone."
British officers privately say they blame the local Iraqi governor for much of the looting and believe some of the air-conditioning units are now in his private office.
Fortunately, the British love building expensive monuments in the middle of the desert, I hear...
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley