The biggest mistake the American administration
can make at this time is to assume that the publicised public
celebrations in Iraq following the arrest of former president
Saddam Hussein, under the effect of drug according to daughter
Raghad, tantamount to support for the US-led coalition forces.
Financially the most powerful nation in the world could be further
from the truth than from the elusive WMD.
After months of acknowledgment by the Western
press that videotapes premiered by Al Jazeera television carried
the 'actual' voice of Saddam bucking up the resistant Iraqis,
the same confused media discovers a bombshell of a scoop from
the bottom of a six feet deep mud hole; the dishevelled, bearded
and tired man hardly giving the impression of a leader liable
of masterminding what appears to be the early days of a far-reaching
While Vietnam was hot, sweaty and fertile, Iraq
promises to be hot, dry and barren. One need not be an authority
on military science to translate that to mean that the Iraqi
people shall rise united to compel the US forces to leave their
blessed land long before the US government is ready to plot
a handover of power to the 'representatives' of the Iraqi people.
Auspiciously, the Iraqis being interviewed on Western TV are
boldly saying in as many words, 'The Americans must leave Iraq',
even after Saddam agreed to a swab test. Ominously, the killings
continue even after they gave him a clean shave.
goes under the aegle marmelos tree only once' is a maxim that
has been proven incorrect by many foolish and foolhardy Bangalee.
That's bel tala for us. Now Bush seems to be hell bent
to demonstrate the longstanding bondage between the two peoples
by ignoring every lesson that the Vietnamese taught them on
the likes of the killing fields.
Not far from the increasing hostilities on the
banks of Tigris and Euphrates, on Saturday evening the Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi made news by announcing that he was willing
to give up WMD and limit warheads and open his country to international
inspection which would mean that the US would lift sanction
because there is oil there and US companies are interested and
there is pressure on Bush and blah blah blah. In less than twenty-four
hours the straw was out of the bag with the British Foreign
Secretary Jack Straw hailing the momentous decision of the Libyan
leader. But did not Saddam do all that Gaddafi is pledging to
do? Are not the political standings of both the long-serving
leaders the same in their respective countries? Are they not
revered as heroes by their people? But to the West only one
of them is now a 'dictator'.
US psyche works on the system that omuk 'dictator',
even he be elected, is not popular among all his people, that
tomuk leader of that poor country has such and such
flaws and therefore must be thrown out. But is Bush popular
with 100 percent of his people, or even 75? Or now even 50?
It did take the American election process days before they could
decide (?) between Bush and Al Gore. And the less we talk about
Blair the better. He has humiliated all that the people-oriented
Labour Party and its celebrated stood for centuries.
The US-UK alliance went on to insist that Saddam
was indeed hiding WMD somewhere. Therefore attack Iraq and kill
its innocent civilians, including women and children, destroy
hospitals and schools, raze centuries old habitations, because
the weapons are hidden somewhere.
Blair's 45-minute threat-from-Saddam theory
has long been proven in Britain as a blatant lie. Saddam was
never that powerful and it appears now was seemingly riding
on a bluff. The coalition happily fell for it. They almost designed
it. Ultimately they found Bush's 'dangerous' man hiding in a
hole, unkempt and impoverished, too weak to even fire a single
It all boils down to oil. Gaddafi it seems is
willing to strike a deal and Saddam was not. It should be interesting
to see what the 270 families of the Lockerbie plane disaster
in 1988 have to say about the jet-paced developments now taking
place to bring Libya back to normalcy.
Speaking for the Iraqi common man, woman and
the children, would it not have been more sensible and humane
to try and convince Saddam politically as a trading partner
rather than let loose an army that as it appears now will find
the deserts reminiscent of the killing fields of Southeast Asia?
to home, our government deserves much appreciation for its judiciousness
in deciding not to send our forces to Iraq without the much-sought-for
UN umbrella. The common Iraqi people will pray for you for not
siding with the oil pirates.