Requiem for Iraq
July 25th , 2003
The execution in Mossul of Saddams sons and the subsequent exhibition
of the pictures of the mauled corpses confirms, if there was ever
any doubt, that the methods by which the war is run by Rumsfeld/Bush/Wolfowitz
and their generals are untenable. This is yet another insult to civilisation,
intelligence and human decency that will further poison the fragile
relationship between the two cultures, between the United States and
the civilised World; between the United States and themselves. Another
step towards the irreversible catastrophic course that began on the
first day of the "liberation" of Baghdad and that we hoped
would be avoided - the end of hope of stopping the appalling succession
of errors made by the U.S. under the curse of president Bush Jr. and
The execution was clearly a direct order from the top. Future manipulations
in order to divert responsibility from the White House and from the
president will only add more infamy to the shame.
The question is: For what grim reasons were the two witnesses/criminals
silenced with an execution, dishonourably disguised as a military
action? What did Usay and Uday Hussein know that could not be revealed
in a public trial? What dignity and "moral authority" does
the United States now have to be entrusted with the responsibility
of "building a nation"? What credibility is left for the
"rule of law" that they thought, as liberators, they brought
With the execution/slaughter of the two sons and the anticipated eventual,
elimination of Saddam himself, the danger of a possible return of
the cursed regime will cease. Thus the present guerrilla warfare will
no longer be the hopeless vendetta of the Baathist hangmen, but will
officially qualify as the "Iraqi resistance war", with the
collateral complications of inter-ethnic conflict (Kurds, Sunni, Shiites)
and related ethnic cleansing.
The tragic and bloody American "triumvirate" Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz
and Bush is not qualified nor has the competence to solve, in a decent
manner, the war that had only one possible justification in the civilised
management of the "aftermath".
From here on, it will be body-counting on both sides and the escalation
of revenge and retribution to the inevitable epilogue "a la vietnam"
- everybody on the roof of the embassy trying desperately to grab
the last chopper out.
Nothing will be achieved by the Iraqi "moderates" depicted
by Amir Taheri in his articles. They too will be swept away, betrayed
by the criminal blindness of a president
"der hat seine
Grundrisse verloren." **
American dream? Iraqi dream?
Game over for the next 50 years.
** (who has lost his fundament: i.e. the principle upon which anything
is founded ).