It’s time to take a moment out of the daily hustle and bustle and reflect on what the US has actually achieved in Iraq. Today marks the formal ending of US operations in this theatre of war and were one to listen to the likes of the BBC one could be forgiven as seeing it as just one vast failure, costing thousands of lives. Futile; illegal; plain wrong.
It was anything but; Just consider;
1. Nine years on, Saddam is in his grave, hanged for his crimes against humanity. The removal of this tyrant has been a tremendous moral achievement.
2. His two evil sons, Uday and Qusay, join him in hell and deservedly so given their serial barbarism. Iraq is infinitely a better place without these two monsters.
3. No more genocide conducted against the marsh Arabs, no more Halabja’s.
4. No more funding of the families of Palestinian suicide killers.
5. No more weapons of mass destruction – see point 3.
6. No more invasions of Arab neighbours.
A high price has been paid by US and UK soldiers. This wars was not conducted in the way I would have preferred and most certainly it was fought with one hand behind the back. I always favoured a harsher approach to the Baathists and an earlier exit, having crushed the “insurgents” into the dirt. However the “International Community” and the Media did everything possible to oppose the war – they were busy gunning for Bush whilst our military were gunning for the Islamist killers that were attracted by the presence of Americans.
The decision to invade Saddam and remove him from power was long overdue. I congratulate President Bush for seeing the operation into being and above all I congratulate our brave and noble military for their years of heroism. Was it worth it? YES. America should stand proud of what it has acheived in Iraq. It is not perfect, it is not a Jeffersonian democracy. It has major problems. But it is a BETTER place than 9 years ago and we should have the courage to stand up and say so.