The Iraq War – 4 years on

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After nearly 4 years of fighting a war that should never have happened, I think it’s clear to most people that George Bush & his administration as well as the so called coalition of the willing, were severely deluded in their judgement of the situation & totally arrogant & therefore unprepared for what was about to take place after the invasion.

One of the biggest mistakes they made (and they made many), was sacking & disbanding all of Saddam’s army who really didnt have any allegiance or want to fight for Saddam anyway. By sacking them, they created an instant band of unemployed, angry & desperate men with army training & expertise in weapons. This is where the Iraq resistance, a new guerilla movement with growing popular support began. The US now calls them the “Insurgents”.

Iraq now find’s itself in a quagmire of suicide bombers and factional religious fighting between the Sunni’s and the Shiites. Interestingly, Sunni’s are a majority in the Arab and the Muslim world. In Iraq, Shiites are a majority. The vast majority of Kurds are Sunnis. Turkmen are mostly Sunni. Saddam Hussain & his Baath Party followers were Sunni’s and it is thought that much of the Baath party still exists in the guise of the “insurgents”. So after first turning their attention in a more unified resistance against the US lead invaders, Shiites & Sunnis are now fighting between each other, renewing old hatreds and making new one’s in what seems to be an unofficial civil war spiralling out of control.

Now that this hornets nest has been unleashed, there are no easy solutions as to how to fix this mess. It’s hard to know what to do. Would it get worse if the US left tomorrow? Probably, but one thing is for sure though, the situation will not improve as long as there is a foreign invading force in the country. George Bush doesnt seem to believe this though, so after ignoring his Dad’s former mate James Baker & his intelligent recommendations to work with the other countries in the region, Bush is sending in more troops. Not necesarily to help the Iraqi people, but in an attempt as he himself put it in his speech, ” to save my Presidency”.

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3 responses »

  1. please answer me back
    by my question i mean did u get it of a website, newspaper, books, word of mouth?
    if so which website or etc.?

  2. there are many books, documentaries & current affairs shows that have discussed this tactical error by the US administration in disbanding the Iraqi army & police force.

    The decision to disband the military and the police and to exclude Ba’ath members is widely criticized and is held partly responsible for the effective morphing of the foreigners and fedayeen from irregular soldiers to looters to urban guerillas, recruiting numerous demobilized and unemployed soldiers. Interestingly, the British are credited with more experience in such situations based on their years of colonial rule, which led them to the more practical approach of establishing law and order rather than worrying about the ideological objective of immediately establishing democratic institutions.

    I saw a doco on this very subject on Australia’s SBS tv network some months ago, but I cant recall the name of it.

    One such novel on this very subject is “The Iraq War: The Military Offensive, from Victory in 21 Days to the Insurgent Aftermath” by John Keegan.

    Here is an article on the cost of failing to plan by Lawrence J. Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a senior adviser to the Center for Defense Information

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2004/03/b38979.html

    some interesting dodumentaries on these subjects of the grave mistakes & deception made by the US admin are:

    Uncovered: The War on Iraq – Directed by Robert Greenwald
    http://www.truthuncovered.com/reviews_newsday.php

    Iraq for sale – The war Profiteers.
    http://iraqforsale.org/
    http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=35360

    An interesting tv program on these issues is on April 25 on US tv station PBS:
    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/21146

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