الأحد، 8 أبريل، 2007

Iraq: Was it Really Worth it?

4 years have passed since that day in April when that great Arab capital fell to the American occupation.

With weak intelligence, W insisted on wrecking havoc in Iraq. He even borrowed the bogus story about the Yellow Cake purchase request by Iraq from Niger to justify the invasion, eventhough the story has been discredited by CIA sources...

After being proven wrong on the WMD cause for the war, he switched his tone to try to convince us that he is after "Democratization" of the middle East...

Instead, he single handedly managed to destroy a country that managed to survive 10 years of unjust sanctions, turned large portions of the population into refugees, a minimum of 60,000 deaths, turned the country into a terrorists magnet, directed the best recruitement propaganda for "Al-Qaeda", which thanks to their training in Iraq will now become much more lethal, and on top of that revived 1300 years old sectarian hatred...

I hate Saddam Hussein, but W did much more damage than good...

The 10s or 100s of thousands of orphans would have been better off without this war...

The unity of the Iraqi people would have done without W's invasion...

The 3000+ American and other coalition forces' families that lost their loved ones would have been much better off without W's services...

On top of that, the world is extremely more dangerous since, just remember Madrid, London, Casablanca, Khobar, Bali, Sharm El Sheikh...

It definitely wasn't worth it!!!

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حفصوتشا ام مصطفيتش يقول...

definitely not worth it. but what really bothers me esp after i came to the states is that people although they have more right to express thier opnion and they can pull his govenrment down, but still they dont do anything.

tommy يقول...

On top of that, the world is extremely more dangerous since, just remember Madrid, London, Casablanca, Khobar, Bali, Sharm El Sheikh...

It was definitely not worth it. Khobar came before Iraq, however. There was plenty of Islamic terrorism in the world long before Iraq and long before 9/11 too.

We could have better invested our money in keeping foreign nationals from Islamic nations out of our land and developing alternatives to petroleum rather than engaging in some strange adventure to bring democracy to a people who neither want it nor understand it.

Nah·det Masr يقول...

Hafsa,

What amazes me was that despite the multi-millions walking in protest in europe, and elsewhere, and despite lacking any concrete evidence that Iraq was producing WMD,or was linked in any way to Al-Qaeda, W. went on with his adventure!

Tommy,

You went too far this time, Terrorism was not invented by Moslems you know, I despise Moslem terrorists as much as you do, but what you write here is very close to hate, suicide bombing was invented by the Tamil Tigers in Srilanka not by Moslems, and Terrorism was used frequently by many people in many places. Look at Jewish settlers in Palestine, remember the letter bombs in 1940s, the killing of the Swede UN mediator, and the king david hotel bombings? the poisoning of 1200 german POWs in 1945? but I wouldn't go as far as lumping all Srilankans or Jews in one category and call for barring them from entering certain countries..

tommy يقول...

Terrorism was not invented by Moslems you know

I do know. However, the terrorists that are targeting the United States are mostly Islamic terrorists. We don't have too many problems with the Tamil Tigers, the IRA, or Jewish colonists. I think we need to have a moratorium on Muslim immigration and visitation at least for a few years.

Having said that, historically we've been more fortunate than Europe with our Muslim immigrants. We've always gotten a good percentage of well-educated and progressive Arabs, Iranians, and other Muslims. Europe is a different story. There is France has numerous problems with its uneducated, low-skilled immigrants from the Maghreb, there is Germany with its Turkish "guest workers" who never left, and there is the United Kingdom with its poorly selected lower-class Pakistanis.

There is a popular notion that more exposure to one another will lead to more understanding between Arabs and Americans, but sometimes exposure to the western world only makes matters worse. Sayyid Qutb, a major figure in the development of modern Islamic radicalism, was reportedly greatly disturbed by American sexual morals when he visited the United States in the 1940s. What most shocked him was a church dance he attended in Colorado! If something as tame as a church dance in the 1940s was enough to offend and radicalize some Muslims, then maybe it is best that modern America minimize its cultural contact with the Muslim world. At least for the time being.

Nah·det Masr يقول...

Tommy,

First off, you have home grown terrorism such as different armed cults (remember Waco, Oklahoma, ..)

Syed Qutb was a fanatic extemist who didn't really have any significant followers in his time. He has become a martyr and a reference for nowaday terrorists. He doesn't represent the majority of students who go the US and come back to wage wars on our extremists, and they basically become the advocates of anything "American"! so cutting them out is not a good idea.

It is very difficult to get a non-immigrant visas to the US as it is (even before 9/11), I remember being constantly searched at every airport I stopped at (they told me that these were random selections!). and that was before 9/11.

You need to look at the assylum visas. Remember, Omar Abdel Rahman was sentenced in Egypt, but managed to get a visa to the USA where he became the spiritual leader of terrorists.

Benjamin Cook يقول...

I think Iraq is a little too early to call don't you?

What standard do we judge it against?

The Million+ dead at Saddam's feet over 30 years?

Or the 70,000 dead over the past 4 years?

What if it works?

What if ten years from now Iraq is a functioning democracy?

We don't live in a world were you can "dialog" your way from Authoritarian dictatorship to democracy. We won't ever see another Ataturk. The information age does not lend itself to Ataturk's tactics. Can you imagine the media firestorm over the "heavy handed" way he enforced secularism? Look at Iraq. 80% of the country is getting on with life. Do you hear that in the media? No, you here about the other 20%. Do you hear the relative successes of the Kurds? No.

Instead you get body counts. What is worse you get body counts without relevant context and perspective.

Again I ask what standard do we judge the Iraq war by?

http://arenablog.blogspot.com/2007/05/iraq-war-in-perspective-with-help-from.html