Iraq: we didn't really win, then? *Confused*
Saddam Hussein, we were told, was such a bad man that some of us started to wonder why he wasn't, then, in cahoots with that other really bad man Osama Bin Laden against the shining heroes of the West. But it seems that he wasn't. Perhaps the two of them had just never hooked up.
Anyway, Saddam was defeated. America and Britain had generously liberated Iraq from their evil dictator. Job done. All that remained was for them to hang around fixing things up while a grateful Iraq quickly and democratically chose its new leader.
OK, I skipped a bit of news reading after that, but the fact that hundreds of thousands of people have since been killed there - including several Americans - and that there's no water or electricity in the cities and the country is in national crisis does now seem to be ever so slightly at odds with the initial reported scenes of jubilance. But it's ok, we're reassured that this is but a minor hitch due to some quaint confusion amongst the Iraqi people, (who obviously are taking some time to get used to the idea of democracy,) which will be soon ironed out. Meanwhile, we must rest assured that the allied forces have definitely destroyed the Axis of Evil and are in the process of rebuilding Iraq's police force (so when did that get destroyed, to need rebuilding..? I must have missed that bit..) and assisting with the rebuilding of the country.
They sneak these words in like 'rebuilding' without explaining the background. Because rebuilding implies they were there before, and are now not, but doesn't state why not.
And now we're suddenly told that five Western men have been kidnapped by Iraqi people. From the 'Shi'ite-controlled Foreign Ministry'. By 80 (or 40 - later reports suggest an earlier witness may have been suffering from double vision) policemen, in police cars, with official security passes to enter the building. And it just so happens that some of the men in question were there in an 'advisory' capacity, 'advising' the new, liberated Iraq on how to rebuild its oil industry. (There's that rebuild word again.)
80 (or 40) policemen stroll into the Shi'ite-controlled Iraqi Foreign Office, extract five Western men with no trouble at all, then drive away in their police cars. It was suggested that these 80 (/40) might have even been policemen!
So. Not the grateful, 'liberated' Iraqis we've been led to believe, perhaps? Not quite the smooth, ordered transition of power that was described to us regarding this act of benevolent generosity on behalf of America (and Britain) to the Iraqi people?
And imagine us sending 'our people' to talk to the Iraqis about oil! We'll be selling sand to the Arabs next. Literally. Well, we might as well: they're selling water to us, an island nation with a temperate climate.
So, given that it seems like we haven't been getting a full and frank version of events from our governments or our media, I have a few questions to throw out into the ether, to see what answers come back if any.
1. Did this invasion really have anything to do with Bush's cooked-up war on an abstract noun?
2. Did it even have anything to do with 9/11?
3. Is it really, absolutely, all about oil?
4. If so, why didn't they tell us that instead of giving us the fairy story version of events?
5. Who's cashing in, out of the whole situation? Because we can be sure it won't be the general British or American public. And it certainly doesn't seem to be the average Iraqi citizen. So, assuming there are vast profits somewhere involved, where might they be going, exactly?
6. Come to that, where are they coming from exactly?
7. OR.. was it all about Iran? Or Israel? And what's the story there? In fact, does anyone know what's really going on in the Middle East? Anyone at all?
Because I'm interested, now.
NB: Special prizes for the person who can spot the most uses of irony and sarcasm in the above text ;-)
Hey, and what are we still doing in Afghanistan, come to think of it? I thought we'd 'won' there too.