Weather here at Bradfield is still cloudy, wet, cold and gloomy.
If i am an American taxpayer, i will be really piss-off. For $1.2T, 4000 deaths and over 30,000 wounded, what did I get in my ROI? From NYT:
How to Save Iraq From Civil War – IRAQ today stands on the brink of disaster. President Obama kept his campaign pledge to end the war here, but it has not ended the way anyone in Washington wanted. The prize, for which so many American soldiers believed they were fighting, was a functioning democratic and nonsectarian state. But Iraq is now moving in the opposite direction — toward a sectarian autocracy that carries with it the threat of devastating civil war. Since Iraq’s 2010 election, we have witnessed the subordination of the state to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s Dawa party, the erosion of judicial independence, the intimidation of opponents and the dismantling of independent institutions intended to promote clean elections and combat corruption. All of this happened during the Arab Spring, while other countries were ousting dictators in favor of democracy. Iraq had a chance to demonstrate, for the first time in the modern Middle East, that political power could peacefully pass between political rivals following proper elections. Instead, it has become a battleground of sects, in which identity politics have crippled democratic development. READ MORE:
Nothing much apparently. A broken country with no proper Army and Police to provide security to its citizens. A broken country with infra-structures that dont work. On average 250 people are still dying every month from terrorist related bombings at anytime, anyplace
Many Iraqis are now lamenting that Saddam days were almost the good ole days where there was stability, the infra-structures were working and the buses ran on time. President Obama called the Iraq War a “dumb war” when he was still a Junior Senator, how right he was. Although, now he is the POTUS, he has to choose his words carefully. When he was asked few days ago about this, his answer was: “Only time will tell and history will judge”. It was a dumb answer he had to give.
The Iraq War was justified by the proponents based on:
1. Saddam Regime was a brutal dictatorship & it must be toppled and replaced with something better – wRONg. President Maliki has been described as a dictator worse than Saddam.
2. Saddam Regime had WMD – there was none. wRONg
3. Saddam Regime supported and accomodated AlKayda – wRONg.
John Howard must also be called to be accountable for his whole hearted support for the Iraq War.
Meanwhile, i know now why i am an atheist:
Scuffles have broken out between rival groups of Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics in a turf war at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.Bemused tourists looked on as about 100 priests fought with brooms while cleaning the church in preparation for Orthodox
Christmas, on 7 January.Palestinian police armed with batons and shields broke up the clashes. Groups of priests have clashed before in the church, built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born. No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God””It was a trivial problem that… occurs every year,” Bethlehem police Lt-Col Khaled al-Tamimi told Reuters. READ MORE:
G’Day to ALL.