After the fall of Baghdad, all types of speculations and theories were created to justify the fast and vast collapse of the Iraqi army but they ignored the historical facts behind the matter, consequently undertaken the wrong approach to analyze the issue!
was it the Shia who betrayed their own country? was it the Sunni? Saddam’s own family? who knows, I would say, it was all of them, but each party for their own reasons and none of it was for Iraq.
For several years, there was no democracy in Iraq, but a one-man-show and that man was a tyrant surrounded by a bunch of starving hypocrites who created a monster out of him.
The Iraqi people fought several wars, none of which they wanted to fight in the first place, and none of which ended with a victory whatsoever because in war, everyone loses something!
In the 70s, the Kurds wanted to have their independency; they wanted to have their own borders, government, army, language, etc. and on top of that, they were attacking the Iraqi army in the north of Iraq, known as the North War which lasted for several years BUT does that justify bombing their villages because of some Peshmurga (Kurdish Army) hiding there? No, it doesn’t
In the 80s, Iran was the one who started the war by aggressively attacking Iraq in their media, holding the Iraq Embassy employees in Tehran as prisoners and many other things which Iranians themselves admit today BUT does that justify an eight-year war? No, it doesn’t
And in the 90s, comes Kuwait, Kuwait being a part of Iraq is a historical fact, late King Ghazi and first president of Iraq Abdul Karim Qassim wanted for this part to be united again, moreover the Kuwaiti government was stealing the Iraqi oil for many years and many other things BUT does that justify attacking Kuwait and harming the Kuwaiti people? No, it doesn’t
Now, was it all Saddam’s fault dragging over twenty million Iraqis (Iraqi population 27,499,638 -July 2007 est.) to do that? would it make any sense? no my friend, let us admit for once that we were the ones who allowed that to happen because there aren’t enough prisons and cemeteries in Iraq to hold twenty million if they decide to stand and say: NO
I know that it is not that easy, but why don’t we take responsibility now and start by acknowledging our mistakes, maybe apologize to the people we harmed once? No, its not that easy, simply because we need to be Free first and to be free we need to understand what freedom is all about; freedom is not killing the people who disagree with us; freedom is not threaten other people lives so they would do what pleases us most; freedom does not come in the form of religion or a certain party; freedom comes as a result of education and through understanding the other. Unfortunately, freedom is something we cannot afford at the moment because people in Iraq lack the basic needs of a human i.e., water, electricity, fuel, food, etc.
Where does that leave us now? A nation that went through war after another, a nation that lost its identity, a nation starving to death, a nation humiliated everyday at each border they seek to run away from their daily hell, a nation of Iraqis; the Jews running from Pharaon for their lives seeking a safe land, the Palestinians exiled from their homes, the tragedy of our land, the land of religion and suffering.
(to be continued)