Some thoughts on Iraq

I feel compelled to write something about Iraq today on account of it being the fifth anniversary of the war but it’s hard to know what to say that hasn’t already been said.  I’m not even sure of my views on the current situation – on whether Western troops should now leave Iraq or whether the we broke it, we fix it principle should apply.  Arguments can be made for both views but whatever we think, and although the current situation is unsustainable, it’s clear that Iraq still needs a strong peace-keeping force and much more humanitarian aid.  

It continues to sicken me that the Iraq war – the trillion dollar war that Paul Wolfowitz said would pay for itself, has opened up bundles of opportunities for corruption and exploitation like never before by the dirty war profiteers. 

But what I really wanted this post to mean  . . . is to remember the innocent victims of Iraq.  We all know that the impact of war goes on long after the conflict itself has ended.  And the list of victims in this war continues to grow.  We shouldn’t forget that it’s not just Iraqi’s who have suffered losses because of this futile war . . . mothers and fathers of service personnel have lost their sons and daughters . . . . and thousands of servicemen and women have returned home with serious psychiatric problems or permanent physical injuries. 

But ultimately, it has to be said that the Iraqi’s have suffered the most and continue to do so and we absolutely have an obligation to assist them in rebuilding their country and their lives.


7 responses to this post.

  1. One thing is helping the Iraqis, another keeping the occupation army there. In my opinion it is the presence of foreign soldiers, the setting-up of military bases – 22 at least – wich are disrupting the normal life in Iraq.

    Democracy is government by a majority and if the Americans and other foreigners leave the zone, I am quite sure the majority of Iraqis will rule themselves much better than this puppet government of theirs is trying to.

    Broke it fix it? Well my opinion is that if the invaders continue to be present nothing will be fixed, on the contrary life for the Iraqis will be one of despair and need.


  2. Listen to this from Crossing Continents about Egyptians (including bloggers) fighting for their rights regards female circumcision, the suppression and imprisonment of internet bloggers, poor pay and for workers rights (30mins – starts after news);


  3. Jose, yes fair point. The very presence of the “invading” forces is antagonistic – both inside and out of Iraq.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that, ultimately, the decision about Western troop withdrawal lies with the victims – the Iraqi’s.

    Thanks Matt, that is inspiring. They are very courageous . . . especially Dr. Mina. Go girl!


  4. You know, every now & then I hear a great piece of journalism that reminds me of what journalists used to do well … spreading news on things we never knew about before in a very professional and yes, ‘inspiring’ way.

    Crossing Continents still does this. Glad to hear you took time to listen. I knew you’d find it up-lifting. Thank god for the internet, or some such other power! 🙂


  5. Yes, I will check it out regularly now that I know about it.

    How did you guess that I needed uplifting? Lol.


  6. I have been of the opinion that if any Nation has to change the way its governed- it starts with its own citizens. An outsider doesnt understand the subtleties of being Iraqi. Everything gives way, thats the way Nature is… if there is a tyrant, he exists only because someone fears him. Things get better only when the oppressed stand up against the tyrant. Not if an outsider stands up for the oppressed. The reason being, the oppressed find strength and capability to lead only when they have gone through the process of Fear, backing down and surviving, To standing up, fighting and being able to lead his own people. Now if an outsider fights for the oppressed, when the oppressed is not ready, then he is left being the usurper of the Tyrant and will be forced to become the tyrant, since he will be viewed so by the oppressed. Nothing will change. If it does look like it changed then it will exist in fear.. Just like the government in Kabul is… I cant see Karzai ever feeling safe outside of Kabul. This is what happened in Iraq, imho.

    I also believe in “dont poke your nose where it doesnt belong” or “Dont manipulate things to satisfy your greed, it will backfire”. As I look at Iraq, all those views have been reinforced.


  7. Very well said MySoul. Enforced democracy is a contradiction-in-terms. And just look at the emerging results of the invasion that was supposed to bring demcoracy to the Middle East . . . a theocracy. Women’s rights reduced even further and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


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