Iraq just exchanged one dictatorship for another?
From One Dictatorship to Another
we got rid of a dictator, but we're cursed with new ones who play the power
game according to their whims and tendencies as if they aren't responsible for
the security and safety of the people. In Iraq, every official without a conscience
has the power to kill or make people disappear. What kind of liberation is
this, which Iraqis are paying for to this very day?"
TIKRIT, Iraq: Two days ago I was reading the book At the Center of
the Storm by George Tenet, the former CIA director, in which he says he
sat behind Colin Powell
at the United Nations and knew he was lying about the information he provided
on Iraq, its prohibited weapons and al-Qaeda. He writes that his conscience
will never rest because of the consequences of this completely unjustifiable conflict.
[Editor's Note: In his book, George
Tenet doesn't admit to lying - only to having mistakenly submitted bad information. And
while saying that his conscience is troubled, he doesn't admit that the war
statement ends, the curses of Iraqi mothers, wives and girls who lost their loved
ones in an absolutely unjustifiable war begin. The Arab world is full of tyrants and dictatorships
supported by America
and other countries that are labeled "great." Iraq
was a model
of tyrannical dictatorship, and for a moment in 2003, we had hoped that its
oppressive system would change when we accepted the helping hand of those who came
on the backs of American tanks.
They fought a
holy war against tyranny in order to liberate the nation and the people. But the
price was over a million Iraqi widows, three million orphans, and the ruination
of the country and people. I believe that it is an unjustified liberation, as
well as a totally unjustified war. I assert that if Mr. Tenet or anyone else who took part in producing this war of lies should take
the time to visit any Iraqi market. There he would find the living witnesses of
a war America embarked on to change its tyrant and find someone else to fill
the transitory seat of power. †There in
the market, Tenet would find dozens of children who haven't even reached the
age of ten doing jobs of drudgery just to obtain the money for a meal for them
and their families, because their fathers were killed or arrested and a
conscience stirred when you see an infant on its motherís lap - begging? Arenít
you moved to see a small Iraqi girl "being sold off" at the market to
provide for her mother and brothers? Isnít your conscience moved to see a
bereaved mother who lost her only son because he had a dispute with
such-and-such party? Mr. Tenet, this is a dirty war. What reward will you reap
after the land has become desolate for even the last one on it?
Yes we got rid of a dictator,
but we're cursed with new ones who play the power game according to their whims
and tendencies as if they aren't responsible for the security and safety of the
people. In Iraq, every official without a conscience has the power to kill or make
people disappear. What kind of liberation is this, which Iraqis are paying for
to this very day?