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Iraq, What has been achieved?

Posted by pauaprincess on May 4, 2007

America went to Iraq because, in George Bush’s words Iraq in 2002 was

“a grave threat to peace, and America’s determination to lead the world in confronting that threat. ”

Georgie Boy went on to tell us all in the world, that Iraq constituted a grave threat because of it’s history of aggression and it’s weapons of mass destruction.  Going to war in Iraq was a premptive strike, fighting terrorists over there instead of waiting for them to come to the American homeland and strike there.

“the threat from Iraq stands alone — because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one place. Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction are controlled by a murderous tyrant who has already used chemical weapons to kill thousands of people.”

It’s now 2007.  Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were never found, Saddam Hussein has been captured and killed, as have his sons.  A new government has been installed in Iraq, allegedly democratically chosen.  Britain has announced it’s staged withdrawl, Tony Blair is about to step down as it’s Prime Minister.  In Australia (the other major coalition partner) John Howard and his party are about to be voted out of power, thanks to his ongoing support of George Bush and the War on Terror and in the good ol US of A, George Bush has just vetoed a bill to provide funding for the armed services on condition of a staged withdrawl. 

Meanwhile, Iraq has descended into civil war and the remaining coalition forces are powerless to stop it.

So what have the Coalition and George Bush achieved?

Is Iraq free? No, the coalition are still there, the various factions within the country are fighting amongst themselves and American and British companies are trying to secure Iraqs only saleable commodity OIL for themselves.

Is Iraq Democratic? No, the Government is all handpicked and sympathetic to the West, they’ll be overthrown as soon as America packs it’s bucket and spade and leaves the desert.

As of April, 3,316 US soldier have been killed, 24,764 have been seriously injured.  The total of seriously injured excludes psychological trauma.  30% of US troops develop serious psychological problems within 3 months of returning home.

98 Journalists have been killed, 14 of them by US forces.

Iraqi civilian casualties, according to a UN report are seriously under reported.  It is estimated that the true number of civilian casualties killed could be over 600,000.

The estimated insurgency strength has risen steadily, the March figure puts it at an estimated 70,000. 

According to a British Ministry of defence poll taken in 2005 82% of Iraqi’s were strongly opposed to the presence of coalition forces.  Surely that’s gone up!

In the same poll, only 1% of Iraqis believe the coalition has improved security in Iraq.

72% of Iraqi’s had no confidence in the multi national forces.

Why are they still there?  

“So no matter how frustrating the fight in Iraq can be, no matter how much we wish the war was over, the security of our country depends directly on the outcome of Iraq. The price of giving up there would be paid in American lives for years to come. … Success in Iraq would bring something powerful and new — a democracy at the heart of the Middle East, a nation that fights terrorists instead of harboring them, and a powerful example for others of the power of liberty to overcome an ideology of hate.”

President George W. Bush
April 20, 2007

Considering nobody except America voted for George Bush and even that majority is in doubt, considering Iraq was living in a theoretical democracy albeit flawed, with a decent standard of living for the majority and compared to oh say Iran or Afghanistan, had a certain western flavour and freedom from religious oppression, that Saddam Hussein had no WMD’s and that the Middle East was fairly stable prior to the coalition invasion of Iraq led by the USA ….

All that’s been achieved is Civil War which will inevitably escalate as coalition forces leave Iraq.  The Middle East is the least stable it’s been since Israels inception, terrorist flourish in the Middle Eastern countries allied to the US, such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia.  Israel rattles it’s sabres and appears to have completely abandoned the peace process with America, it’s major supporter present in the region.

It’s time to go, it’s time to impeach Bush and leave!

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One Response to “Iraq, What has been achieved?”

  1. […] what has been achieved?  I discussed this in this post, Iraq, what has been achieved the facts are that under the current “democratically elected government”and with a […]

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