posted on Aug, 21 2008 @ 07:38 PM
yeah man good thread, some positives..
I used to spend a fair bit of time on ICQ,
You can search for online people by region, I often went searching for Iraqi's or Iranian's
I ended up adding some Iraqi's who replied, to be honest its been a while since I used ICQ but there was a time id spend hours a night on it
I remember one was a mechanic, the other was a 50yr old + engineer
I suppose the situation changes depending on who you talk to, I know the engineer was disgusted in how things turned out, and he begged me to help
them flee the country as it was out of control.
After looking through sponsored immigration to Australia, I found we didnt accept people 50yrs of age, no matter what the education.
Your newly found friend sounds as if he had a bit of a good run during the war, directly tied to the General means he would of been protected, and
probably inside the walls.
Thats a bit of a difference between the poor market sellers in the streets, plus being he got his family out of Iraq, says to me that he probably does
owe the US a lot, and appreciates them doing what they did.
but this would be a small minority.
I think the Iraqi's that get out, or are directly tied and protected by the US are probably appreciative.. life under Saddam would of been more
But for most people, lack of sewage, power, clean water and security is a very bad position compared to Saddam.
My parnter is Iranian, and spends a lot of time with the Iranian culture here in Perth.
Speaking to a few of them, many of them liked/respected Saddam.
And beleive the US removing him was the worse thing they could of done.
Yes, the war was horrible and many of them lost friends, but they all said he was a strong man, a strong leader who was pushed into that war by the
US, then back stabbed.
I believe with Saddam, he ruled with a ironfist, but looking at the way Iraqi's are without a decent government he had to. there were no
kidnappings,car bombs, insurgents when he was there.
He painted a line and you knew the consequences.. and it worked.
I bet many wish we could go back to Saddams days...
even his neighbours.