Watching Iraq’s news on TV or reading about it nowadays is an unpleasant experience. It’s not unpleasant because of the pain. It’s unpleasant because I hardly feel any pain watching the death and carnage nowadays. I’ve become emotionally numb. Meanwhile most of those around me who aren’t so emotionally apathetic feel rage… a strong burning inferno of rage and too often the bad situation is all blamed solely on America.
I go into deep modes of thought during such low moods. “Liberation, my foot” would usually be a thought but there were other ones that came into mind too. America did liberate Iraq. Bush did liberate Iraq.
It’s true! Hold up for a second, have a glass of cold water and try to relax. I think there’s something many of us are conveniently forgetting. A few years ago, when the American army arrived in Baghdad, they weren’t greeted with many bombs and bullets, some but not many. They were generally welcomed by Baghdadis. And when Saddam’s statue fell, everyone cheered and celebrated. It was a very symbolic moment… a media spectacle, sure, yes, but nonetheless a powerful symbolic moment. So, there you go, America did liberate Iraq. I emphasize the word “did” though. It’s past tense. I don’t see any “liberation” now. All I see is blood and death. So what happened between now and then?
Here’s what happened. Rumsfailed failed to maintain order and security. Baathists were sacked and the mother of disasters happened, the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. It was the main event in my opinion, which caused anti-Americanism in Iraq and the region to shoot up sky high and in effect helped give rise to the current situation. A new government unfortunately seeking revenge was also brought into power. The bad news just kept coming and coming. America screwed up. Bush screwed up. Dickhead Cheney screwed up. Rumsfailed screwed up. They mismanaged the war badly but the terrorists and militias went beyond that. They started terrorizing and spilling the blood of their own people. I can understand if they only fought the invading forces. I can’t be mad at them for that. After all that’s legitimate resistance and nobody would like someone to invade his or her home. They didn’t fight legitimately and today the vast volume of innocent blood is spilled by them, not the Americans or coalition forces. On the contrary, the American forces are trying to help maintain security but everyday we still see the terrorists persisting.
I’m not sure, how badly the Iraqi state of affairs will continue to deteriorate or whether things will improve anytime soon but I am sure of one thing. If, I repeat if, order and security is back and if Iraqis start seeing peace, prosperity and justice in the coming years, then I believe Bush will go down in history as a liberator. If that doesn’t happen, then he will forever be remembered as an evil warmonger and will go down in history as one of the worst presidents in modern times.
Meanwhile, just remember and try not to forget that America did liberate Iraq… but only very briefly. At the moment, things are a mess.