Despite the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that U.S. combat troops are finally leaving Iraq — giving rise to the popular perception that “Iraq war is over”– I ask those who are celebrating to consider: where is the joy coming from?
It’s been ten years now since Donald Rumsfeld’s brain went “9/11 = attack Iraq,” apparently minutes after the WTC was hit by airliners.
From that moment, when the world’s largest military machine began planning it, through today, after over a million Iraqi deaths,
this war and occupation has never been legitimate, just or moral!
Tens of millions of us who care about humanity protested to prevent the Bush regime from getting the coalition it sought to
attack Iraq; much of the world was convinced the U.S. was not invading to “save” Iraqis but to advance its own imperial agenda.
Our actions did contribute to this loss of legitimacy as the United States military ran into deep geopolitical difficulties in the region
(remember, Bush and Cheney planned to sweep through Iraq as a gateway to dominating the rest of the region, including Iran,
a strategy that has, shall we say, not gone well.)
The Nobel Peace President, who promised an end to war on Iraq, isn’t exactly blazing a peace trail. The Bush Regime set this time frame of “withdrawal” in 2011.In fact the Obama administration, through the State Department, pursued very hard the plan to keep U.S. fighting
forces in Iraq beyond this year. It was the Maliki government, which in general has been very compliant to its U.S. funders, who balked
at allowing U.S. military to stay because the terms demanded by Obama included immunity from local prosecution for the troops.
Think of that: The widest sustained, imperialist government sponsored, mass war crime, destroying a whole country, displacing
4.5 million from their homes, the turning of a secular society into a bloody sectarian battlefield, was to be justified and continued only
on the basis of immunity from the victimized country!
by Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can´t Wait