This week, the whole world joined the
people of the United States of America (USA) to remember those who perished in
the World Trade Centre bombing and also remember the day September 11.
The day trigged off what has today become
United States’ biggest nightmare, the war in Iraq.
When the hijackers struck the Twin Towers,
George Bush, the American President, suspected almost every Arab country under
the sun because to the Bush administration and people of America, it is only the
Arabs who indulge in such terrorist acts.
Afghanistan was the first stop for the
American and British troops, ostensibly to stop Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda
Not long after, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq
was also being attacked under the guises of that country having weapons of mass
destruction but behind the scenes, George Bush and his friend Tony Blair, then
the British Prime Minister, have listed Iraq, under Saddam Hussein as a sponsor
of terrorist activities.
When the American troops invaded Iraq,
they could not be bothered about the warning Saddam Hussein gave them that the
war would be a long drawn out one because to them, it was only going to last a
But six years on, as the American people
remembered their dead, the best consolation gift for them would have been an end
to American deaths in Iraq, but as the world joins the USA in remembrance of the
day, many more American troops are dying daily.
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Not long after George Bush had been
sworn-in for his second term in office, did the Democrats, the biggest
opposition party in the United States, started talking about American Troop
withdrawal from Iraq but despite the increasing number of American casualties,
the Republicans under George Bush, are adamant and would not heed the calls by a
section of the American people for withdrawal.
On the day itself, September 11, 2007 when
many Americans were morning in their homes for loved ones who have departed
earth because of the negligence of their political leaders, the military
commander in Iraq, David Petraeus and the American Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan
Crocker, were telling the American Senators that the objective of the American
troop build-up “are largely being met”
But Senators Joe Biden and Barack Obama,
both Democrats, told military commander David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan
Crocker, the troop build-up had failed to achieve peace.
Senator Biden - who chairs the Foreign
Relations Committee - said the build-up had failed to promote reconciliation
between Sunnis and Shia, and was at best “a stopgap that will not prevent
chaos”, and concluded: “We should stop the surge and start bringing our
Senator Obama - one of the Democratic
nomination frontrunners, also called the war a “disastrous foreign policy
mistake” and said the impact of the surge had been modest given the resources.
Senator Christopher Dodd, another
presidential candidate, said: “I don’t get a feeling here that there’s any
real opportunity or optimism that this is going to get better.”
John Kerry - the defeated Democratic
candidate in the 2004 election - questioned the commitment of the Iraqi
politicians who he said were stalling while US soldiers sacrificed their lives.
“Is it acceptable that young Americans
are dying and being grievously wounded while Iraqi politicians delay and delay
and delay meeting their own standards?” he asked.
But the question some Arabs would like
Kerry to answer is “who sent the American troop to Iraq, is it the Iraqi
politician who requested for them or the American politician who decided to send
them there to fight a useless war?
Republican Senator John McCain, a
presidential aspirant, has however defended the US strategy in Iraq, saying: “Congress
must not choose to lose in Iraq and I will do everything in my power to ensure
that we do not.”
But again, who says United States is going
to win this war? How similar is this war to US’s waterloo, the Vietnam War?
And did the Americans win that war?
It is surprising that Republicans are
staring failure in the face and yet would not accept it and in the words of
Senator John McCain failure in Iraq would turn that country into a haven for
terrorists and would let Iran come to dominate the Middle East.
I am optimistic Americans would lose this
war because already some Republicans senators have voiced unease about the war
and the Bush administration’s policy on Iraq.
Apart from that about 70 percent of Iraqis
believe security has deteriorated in the areas covered by the US military “surge”
of the past six months while many Iraqis across the country say that nearly 60
percent see attacks on US-led forces as justified.
So if the people the Americans say they
are protecting are saying that attacks on them by the insurgents is justified
then what are the Americans waiting for in that country?
One person a section of the Americans
people would not like to see or listen to is the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
Maliki, but he too, afraid of what would happen to his country in the absence of
the Americans, has decided to play ball with George Bush by telling the Iraqi
parliament that his government has stopped Iraq sliding into civil war.
Even though his people don’t believe
him, he said violence in the country had fallen 75 percent in the restive
provinces of Baghdad and Anbar, and that 14,000 militants linked to al-Qaeda had
But fearing a full scale civil war in his
country, warned stakeholders that Iraq’s armed forces were not ready to take
responsibility for security from the US-led coalition.
So when will Iraq’s armed forces be
ready to take their destiny into their own hands so the Americans can park and
As the debate on American troop withdrawal
continue at home, Osama Bin Laden seems to have had a field day and has sent a
message to the American people that coincided with the 9/11 anniversary.
Mean while conditions in the country’s
Electricity, water supplies and other social amenities are arguably worse than
at any time since the US-led invasion overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003.
While the office of the US Special
Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (Sigir), has singled out widespread
corruption and economic mismanagement as the source of the continuing decay.
Again, it is obvious that the Americans
are failing on every front including the war itself, so what else is left for
the American to see they are no longer wanted in Iraq.
Pride does not help anyone, it always
brings about disgrace to people who allow pride to take the better part of them
and rule their sense of judgment. The Americans should throw away their pride
and do the most sensible thing under the circumstance because there is no way
they can win this war in Iraq.