Wednesday, October 13

POST WAR IRAQ ; Who would you blame..Bush or Saddam?

I'm sure jus like me many of you must have been followin up the news regardin Postwar Iraq. Somethin i jus came across recently, thought i blog it..have a read if u like but isn't this qs worth a 1000 answer! :: baffled::

An e-mail from Baghdad


What follows is an email from Baghdad written by Wall Street
Journal correspondent Farnaz Fassihi describing the situation in Iraq as
far worse than anything we've read about in the mainstream press.

The email found its way to The New York Times editor Andrew
Rosenthal, who sent it to his wife, Mary Beth, who forwarded it to
friends - and from there it is now making the rounds on the Internet.

Fassihi's email follows: Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad
these days is like being under virtual house-arrest. Forget about the
reasons that lured me to this job: a chance to see the world, explore
the exotic, meet new people in far-away lands, discover their ways and
tell stories that could make a difference.

Little by little, day-by-day, being based in Iraq has defied all
those reasons. I am house-bound. I leave when I have a very good reason
to and a scheduled interview.

I avoid going to people's homes and never walk in the streets,
can't speak English outside, can't say I'm an American, etc, etc. There
has been one too many close calls, including a car-bomb so near our
house that it blew out all the windows.

So now my most pressing concern every day is not to write a
kick-ass story but to stay alive and make sure our Iraqi employees stay
alive. In Baghdad I am a security personnel first, a reporter second.

Despite President Bush's rosy assessments, Iraq remains a
disaster. If under Saddam it was a "potential" threat, under the
Americans it has been transformed to an "imminent and active threat," a
foreign policy failure bound to haunt the US for decades to come.

Iraqis like to call this mess "the situation." By this they mean:
the Iraqi government doesn't control most Iraqi cities, there are
several car-bombs going off each day around the country, killing and
injuring scores of innocent people, etc. The situation basically means a
raging barbaric guerilla war.

The numbers are so shocking that the ministry of health has now
stopped disclosing them. Insurgents now attack Americans many times a
day. Young men openly place improvised explosive devices into the
ground.

For journalists the turning-point came with the wave of
kidnappings. Earlier we felt safe around Baghdad because foreigners were
being abducted on the roads and highways between towns, but now
kidnapping takes place at homes and victims are being beheaded.

The insurgency, we are told, is rampant and growing stronger, with
the various elements cooperating and coordinating. I went to an
emergency meeting for foreign correspondents with the military and
embassy to discuss the kidnappings.

We were sombrely told our fate would largely depend on where we
were in the kidnapping chain once it was determined we were missing.
Here is how it goes: criminal gangs grab you and sell you up to
Baathists in Fallujah, who will in turn sell you to Al Qaeda.

In turn, cash and weapons flow the other way from Al Qaeda to the
Baathist to the criminals. My friend Georges, the French journalist
snatched on the road to Najaf, has been missing for over a month with no
word on release or whether he is still alive.

As for reconstruction: first, it's so unsafe for foreigners to
operate that almost all projects have come to a halt. Oil dreams?
Insurgents disrupt oil flow routinely as a result of sabotage and oil
prices have hit record high of $49 a barrel.

I heard an educated Iraqi say if Saddam were allowed to run for
election, he would get the majority. This is truly sad. Then I went to
see an Iraqi scholar to talk to him about elections here.

He has been trying to educate the public on the importance of
voting. He said: "President Bush wanted to turn Iraq into a democracy
that would be an example for the Middle East. Forget about democracy,
forget about being a model for the region, we have to salvage Iraq
before all is lost."

1 Comments:

Blogger Ejaz Asi said...

Thanks for sharing the story. Another pressing thought I have been fearing was the youth growing up in such turbulent times. The young minds and souls never quite educating themselves would only have the wrath and deprivations and hence an unavoidable dysfunctional society arising out of any such attrocities elsewhere as well.
On this particular post, I think vice remains vice and like the virtue, it has no other face so it's useless to compare and see who's worse, Bush or Saddam. It just doesn't cut to choose between two persons of the same traits. I just hope and wish, like all others, the innocent iraqi nation sees the dawn they're meant for and deserve rather than this endless darkness of blood and shadows (Ameen).

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