3. I know , I do too -- and I HATE feeling that way
At least there was order and some decent rights for women, and the streets were safe. Yeah, there was murder and torture, but the Iraqis have it now, and it's chaotic violence, with no "rules." I have no answer, and unfortunately our government doesn't either.
5. We could have helped w/o pulverizing the entire country
I refuse to believe that in the entire world there was not a group of exiles that wished to replace Saddam, we could have supported them, it was not about Saddam, it was about the oil, we have dismantled the country, that was not necessary, what we have done is cause complete failure of the framework of civil, political and governmental structure required to run the country. Where do we go from here, I don't know. The insurgent attacks become more sophisticated and ruthless against the Iraqi people every day.
The danger of Saddam was his oppression, cruelty, and murder. I was and am as disgusted as anyone else about the reports of prisoner abuses, civilian deaths, etc. at the hands of Coalition forces, but the two types of abuse aren't comparable. The danger Iraq faces now is political instability, which has the potential to breed the type of horror that existed under Hussein.
What's the difference between Iraqi's being murdered and tortured by Saddam versus us? (other than the fact that they had schools, electricity, drinking water and it was all FAR less costly than the private companies taking billions to do a piss poor job of NOT providing those things now)
14. A client of mine is a woman from the Middle East
and as a devout Muslim, she said kindly and plainly, "Even with all the terror before, people there were better off under Saddam. The Iraqi people, and people in the Middle East don't want the freedom that the U.S. government thinks everyone wants. They want someone to tell them what they should do. They want someone strong in charge. Saddam was horrible, but to many of them, preferable to the life they have now."
I'm not making a judgment on what she said, but I was amazed that she said it so calmly and matter-of-factly.
CNN international just had a general on, saying the attacks have onyl slighty increased in the past two weeks and because its car bombs that they are using that is a good sign, it shows the insurgents are desperate to use that method.
I definitely agree with you. Saddam had little to do with it, but Iraqis had water, electricity, schools, security, secular government, jobs among many other things. All of these basic necessities have been destroyed and severely damaged by the US invasion and occupation. Schools, museums, houses are in terrible shape; unemployment is as high as 50% (at least); the danger is endless; an unbelievable number of innocents have been unjustly murdered (100,000 civilians is the conservative estimate, while 80,000 military personnel were killed by an illegal invasion force); women are in constant danger, honor killings are more and more common, women are raped at random very frequently, women are expected to cover up and refrain from any influential positions; electricity is mercurial at best, and even then it is scarce.
The US imposed sanctions hurt Iraqis far more than Saddam did since 1991 (to the tune of 4,000 children a month).
The US has also brought back the worst practices of Saddam's government. People are taken from their homes, homes are searched for no reason whatsoever, innocent people accused of nothing specific are thrown into a dungeon of incarceration, torture is widespread, people are mowed down in the streets, demonstrations are met by bullets, houses have been routinely bombed...the list does not end here....
To top it all off, we are now actively supporting dictators/governments that are as bad if not worse than Saddam. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Israel the list goes on and on....
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