“Today We Have 50 Saddams”

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the statue of Saddam Hussein falling in Iraq.

Five years ago William Shawcross wrote this in the Wall Street Journal (h/t Rachel Maddow):

April 9th–Liberation Day! What a wonderful, magnificent, emotional occasion–one that will live in legend like the fall of the Bastille, V-E Day or the fall of the Berlin Wall. Watching the tearing down of Saddam Hussein’s towering statue in Baghdad was a true Ozymandias moment.

It slowly tumbled and, with perfect symbolism, just two rusty pipes were left sticking up from the boots. In the BBC’s London studio an Iraqi dissident said though tears, “April 9 is not just spring, it is for Iraqis eternal spring.”

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Well done Shawcross, you idiot. Read the rest of that article it’s really effed up. It’ll bring back some old memories.

Ibrahim Khalil, an Iraqi mechanic, took part in toppling that statue. He told AFP that he deeply regrets that. “If history can take me back,” he said, “I will kiss the statue of Saddam Hussein which I helped pull down.” He went on to tell AFP, “Now I realize that the day Baghdad fell was in fact a black day. Saddam’s days were better. I ask Bush: ‘Where are your promises of making Iraq a better country?’ These days when we go out we have to carry a pistol. In Saddam’s regime, we were safe. We got rid of one Saddam, but today we have 50 Saddams.”

4 thoughts on ““Today We Have 50 Saddams””

  1. Reminds me of the fall of the Soviet Union when you put it like that. When I was in St. Petersburg they referred to the blackest days as the Yeltsin reign. I was shocked, but in hindsight it kinda makes sense. No one likes chaos.

  2. No one likes chaos…

    So true, and not just the conquered. The conquerors get their measure as well. Look at what’s happened to the US since we pulled down that statue.

  3. Also so true, except that there are those profiting from this chaos. Billionaire Russian mobsters, neocon warmongers, same thing, different flag. Ain’t humanity great?

  4. Hello, Station Agent.
    I don’t really keep up with news from Iraq. But I’ve been reading up on it here lately.
    One of the things that became clear was that Iraq has a lot of similarities to American policy in Central America. Give the one side some money, some guns, build them up, then go over to some competing faction and do the same thing.
    The other thing is that I realized that al-Qaeda in Iraq is more of an organized crime unit than a terrorist unit. They make money by highway robberies and extortion.

    I thought the invasion was bs and that the world must be crazy to accept such a thing. A few days after the invasion, I was in a cab with an Iraqi driver, talking to him about it.
    He asked me what I thought about it, and I told him that Bush & Cheney are oil men, and therefore crooks, and that all they want is the oil. (I’ve been around too many oil men to trust one)
    He said it was a good thing to attack Saddam. I remember him saying something along the lines of:
    “Whenever he gets any money, it is always more guns, more guns. Never a hospital, never a school, never to build roads.”

    So the people there weren’t so happy with Saddam’s policies or priorities.
    Now they have a huge humanitarian crisis that no one can reach because of all the gunfire. And a lot of that is America’s doing with the bombing overkill that destroyed so much of the national infractructure.

    Even so, the Sunnis hurt themselves by boycotting the elections, and that set back any real political progress by about a year or two.
    The tactics used by the occupying forces have been questionable (and that’s being nice about it), and I think bringing them under local law would help a lot of the ongoing problems there.

    No word on why we can train an American soldier in 8 weeks, and yet it takes several times longer to train Iraqis.

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