The fighting never stops

According to a survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Baghdad ranks as the world’s worst city for quality of living three years after the U.S. government claimed Iraq to have been "liberated" and "freed from tyranny." Read any blog from Iraq and you see the fighting has not subsided and people are not living in anything close to safety. These days East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn are safer places to live than Baghdad. And this is the result of what some Americans call their quest to "carry on the work of peace" and "bring freedom to others" in the words of bush. Yet three years later, with the situation detiriorating from bad to worse to unbearable, and "peace" nowhere in sight, the only excuse they can think of to come up with is to continue blaming Saddam, claiming its just the legacy of his "Deliberate Strategy Of Maintaining Power By Dividing The Iraqi People." Funnily enough, from an objective standpoint one would think that it was the Americans trying to divide the Iraqis when the President makes statements like "The enemy of freedom in Iraq is a combination of rejectionists and Saddamists and terrorists. The rejectionists are ordinary Iraqis, mostly Sunni Arabs." (My italics). Perhaps this is a wrong assumption, but don't you think that singling out one ethnic/religions group is going to foster the very divisions they claim to be trying to do away with? Have a look at the take on the situation by Riverbend (you'll see her book on shelves in NY and London) in her blog on Saturday March 18:
"I read constantly analyses mostly written by foreigners or Iraqis who’ve been abroad for decades talking about how there was always a divide between Sunnis and Shia in Iraq (which, ironically, only becomes apparent when you're not actually living amongst Iraqis they claim)… but how under a dictator, nobody saw it or nobody wanted to see it. That is simply not true- if there was a divide, it was between the fanatics on both ends. The extreme Shia and extreme Sunnis. Most people simply didn’t go around making friends or socializing with neighbors based on their sect. People didn't care- you could ask that question, but everyone would look at you like you were silly and rude."
If one were to, for a minute, operate under the assumption that the entire point of this misadventure-in-colonialism was actually just to gain access to Iraq's wealth of natural resources (oil), then it would make sense that the Americans, running out of excuses for why they should be in Iraq/ have gone to Iraq/be pillaging Iraq would want instability. As I've said before, as long as the people are busy killing each other they won't be a bother to anyone else. So here we are today, 3 years after "liberation," and things are worse rather than better. I can't put it as well as it's phrased by Baghdad Treasure:
"after three years of the "liberation", nothing has changed. Iraq is destroyed rather than built."
There was a time when the people of Iraq genuinely believed America when they said they would build a better Iraq. The same way Americans today believe that they are building a better Iraq. But the invasion has left nothing but destruction and bitterness.
So we arrive at the current situation, a repeat program like the ones you see on late night TV. I get the impression that no matter how bad things get it is not in the nature of America's incumbents to admit when they're wrong. Personally I believe that America owes it to the people of Iraq to take responsibility and clean up the mess they have made, but that doesn't seem to be on the agenda. Instead, they're basically putting the current miserably-failing conflict ON THE BACK BURNER and gradually hinting at the inevitability of attacking Iran. So, not only is Afghanistan still out of control, and Iraq is in pieces, but now they want to go after Iran.
Will someone please, PLEASE, express some support for the tiny number of U.S. government dissidents who advocate actually talking to Iran and perhaps using Diplomatic Means to alleviate the tension of this game of 3D Nuclear Chess with high civilian casualty rates that's going on around us?


Baghdad Clash Update scroll down to Adhamiya Update

Baghdad Street Fighing Intensifies but the U.S. still won't admit it's a full fledged Civil War.

1 comment:

misneach said...

"Baghdad ranks as the least attractive city for expatriates for a third consecutive year, with a score of 14.5. " (Compared with a score of 108.2 for Zurich in 1st place, Sydney with 106.5 in 9th, Honolulu, America's highest ranked city, with 103.3 in 27th.)