Friday, April 30, 2004

What If Iraqis Liberated Themselves?

Lately I've been reading about how America is evil in the eyes of Iraqis. It's making Americans feel guilty about going after Saddam. The pessimistic Iraqis and Arabs are playing the guilt game to make Americans feel bad. They're doing a very good job of it. It's part of the Middle-Eastern culture, which I'll talk about on my next posts.

Let's say, America didn't go after Saddam. Let's say, Iraqis were courageous enough to get rid of Saddam. Was that going to be a peaceful process? I've been playing this scenario in my head lately.

I'm not a person who believes America did the wrong thing. There was no way in hell Iraqis could have done it themselves. But, let's imagine for a while Iraqis took the responsibility upon their shoulders and got rid of Saddam. Was everything going to be perfect? I doubt it because Iraq's history has another answer.

We all saw how some Iraqis acted a few weeks ago in Falluja, when they burned and hanged the bodies of the four American civilians. At the time, I was disgusted like everyone else. I thought it was something new. I thought Iraqis were more civilized than what I saw on newspapers and TV.

This continued inside my head till I read page 34 of the book "Mayada, Daughter Of Iraq"Here's the description of what happened in Iraq, when General Abdul Karim Qasim decided to take control of the government in 1958. WARNING: It's disgusting.

  • The family (Mayada's family) was in Europe when they heard that General Abdul Karim Qasim, an army officer, had ordered a number of soldiers to surround the royal palace. Over loudspeakers, they ordered the family to step outside. It was only 7:45 in the morning, but soon afterward, the kitchen door at the back of the palace opened and the royals began to spill out. The officers shouted for the family to step toward the little garden at the side of the palace and stand next to huge mulberry tree. The royal family lined up, along with the servants. The very young king, confused, kept saluting the officers.

    A captain by the name of Al-Obousi shot at the king, splitting his skull open. Everyone else then opened fire. After the massacre, the bodies of the family were dragged to a van, and a crowd began to loot the palace.

    As the van passed through the palace gate, a man at the gate jumped into the van and stabbed all the dead bodies. The van was then stopped by a military jeep, whose soldiers took the bodies of the young king and the regent. Crowds had begun to gather, and to pacify the angry mob, the driver threw them the body of Faisal's regent, which was promptly stripped naked, dragged across Baghdad and hung from one of the balconies at the Al-Karhk Hotel. The crowd then cut off the hands, arms, feet, legs and genitals, ripped off his mouth, then dragged what remained of the body to the Ministry of Defense and hung it there. A young man from the crowd then took a dagger and ripped open his belly and several men in the crowd draped the regent's intestines around their necks, like necklaces, and danced in the streets. Finally, someone took the regent's body, splashed it with gasoline and set it on fire. The remains were thrown to in the river.

My parents told us many stories of how these Iraqi revolutions took place. Their stories were never pleasant.

If we, the Iraqis, did this to a king who didn't harm us. What do you think Iraqis would have done to Saddam and his family? How many lives were going to be lost? How much more looting was going to take place? And could you envision the end result?

I leave the answer to you.

Mayada, Daughter Of Iraq

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