posted on Feb, 27 2006 @ 01:44 PM
After reading numerous posts (too numerous to mention) expressing negative aspects about the U.S. war in Iraq and, of course, the positive aspects
about the war in Iraq, I realize that there is a question that begs to be asked.
With the gift of hindsight that we all have, I ask whether you feel that the old, Saddam Hussein Iraq is preferable to the "New Iraq"?
On one side of this question, we have a dictatorial regime governed by a malevolent tyrant. Kurdish genocide is tolerated. Brutal torture against
political adversaries is tolerated. Barbaric punishment, by Western standards, is the norm against Iraqi's who have incurred the wrath or ire of the
Hussein administration. And, finally, we have a population that would be, by any measure, hopeless to ever see their plight change.
On the other hand, we have a U.S. led "solution". The Saddam Hussein regime is overthrown. A lengthy period of turmoil and incredible violence --
both against the American/coalition forces and between sectarian groups -- ensues. There are no reliable utilities; electricity, water, fuel (because
of anti coalition violence) for what can only be viewed as a 'lengthy period'. But there is hope for a regime that is more civil (by Western
standards) and one that is answerable to their citizens. Utilities , hopefully, will be restored and the tragic mistreatment of individuals will come
to end as will sectarian violence and discrimination.
There are two aspects to this question. You choose. Which is preferable, the "old Iraq" or the "new Iraq"?