For Iraqi People, U.S. Withdrawal is 'Two Victories in One'
"The first is that this great people have gotten rid of one of
the cruelest dictators in modern times, and his cronies and enforcers. The second is
that the Iraqi people have rid themselves of the foreign forces that were
imposed on them through bitter reality. … This is a people that have suffered
injustice to an extent that is rare - even in this world."
a doubt, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is a national holiday for all
Iraqis of all political stripes and colors. This great day of national
celebration isn't confined to one group or another, and no particular group can
take credit for it, since if it weren't for the patience of the people, there
would have been no political process. If not for the people’s awareness they
would never have escaped the traps and conspiracies that were set by the bloodthirsty
sectarians, the Baathists and followers of al-Qaeda.
holds annual holidays to celebrate events from Islamic history or for patriotism
reasons, such as the triumph of the people in battle. Under Saddam, Iraq had
few such victories. His bloody policies often found him laughing to himself and
his Baathists as his bought-and-paid-for media transformed awful defeats into glorious
Iraqi people, with the withdrawal of U.S. forces, have not only one, but two genuine
victories to celebrate. The first is that this great people have gotten rid of
one of the cruelest dictators in modern times, and his cronies and enforcers. The
second is that the Iraqi people have rid themselves of the foreign forces that
were imposed on them through bitter reality. Iraqi citizens never submitted themselves
to the occupation as has been portrayed by some of those who hate this generous
people. They were a people forced to watch the American soldier according to the
proverb: “I do this not because I have want to but because I am forced to.” This
proverb is expressed whenever someone does something against his will. Had it
not been for the injustice of Saddam Hussein's oppressive dictatorship, the
Iraqi people would never have accepted the occupation.
this victory, the Iraqi people will have rid themselves of two oppressions, one
domestic and the second external and foreign. It is time to restore Iraq's luster
with new ways of looking at things and real ideals that in the presence of freedom
and independence take hold over time. It is not alien for this people to teach
the world new concepts in every area. From the people of this land emerged the
first civilizations and the first set of laws. It was on this land that major
victories like the Battle
of Karbala took place, which was one of the first revolutions to show the
world how blood can overcome the sword and how the oppressed can be victorious.
a people that have suffered injustice to an extent that is rare - even in this
world. Algeria may be called the nation of a million martyrs, but the number of
Iraqi martyrs far exceeds this. Yet oddly enough, this is also a people who patiently
and optimistically look toward a better future. It is time for Iraq's new leaders
to be cognizant of what the people have sacrificed for their country. It is
time Iraqi officials look after the people because they no longer
have anyone to protect them: there is no shield to hide their corruption,
failure or incapacity to perform their duties.
are a people that have proven to the world they are more aware than their
politicians and leaders. This is a people that have shown the world that they will
not be easily drawn into sectarian divisions laid out for them. This is a people
that have shown the wisdom and consciousness to foil the plans of those who
sought to inflict harm on their nation.