The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an interesting article today: "Saddam's ouster worth war, local Iraqis say"
One year after the start of the war that ousted Saddam Hussein, many local Iraqi emigres view their native country as reborn, a work in progress and heading in the right direction.Read the whole thing. The P-I's own editorial board apparently didn't read the whole thing, as it still seems to be mired in its own mental quagmire:
"What happened in Iraq should be the eighth (modern wonder of) the world," Everett resident Ali Al-Sadoon said, "because nobody could get rid of Saddam. He said, 'We'll build our regime to stay in power for at least 300 years.' Thank God it was no more than 30 years."
Reyal Sindi, director of Kurdish Human Rights Watch in Kent, holds no doubts about the U.S. intervention in Iraq.
"It was worth it, a thousand times," he said. "Ask any Iraqi, although we are sorry for the people who died as a result of that war. In any war they are going to have casualties. Nothing is free. On our part, we will be appreciative."
The war in Iraq cannot be undone, the bombs returned to their bays, the missiles to their launchers, or the dead raised from the grave.and the people can't be unliberated either, but let's not get carried away when the real question, as the P-I goes on to tell us, is whether "the authority and respect of the United Nations [can be] restored".
Meanwhile, even as millions of Iraqis in Iraq and in exile are still saying "thank you!" for the war, Mumia-supporting sitcom actors from all over Malibu are converging on Seattle tomorrow to piss and complain that Saddam was forced to give up his gold toilet.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at March 19, 2004 09:33 AM