It probably would've been better if the US had seize power and installed their own government and constitution in Iraq.
That's probably what was expected by some of the population. Since when does someone go to war, conquer a country, remove all resistance and the dictator and then stand aside? Especially for people who personally have never experienced another form of government than a police state led by a dictator.
If the US had "annexed" Iraq, or kept control of it in some way (similar to Puerto Rico maybe) and imposed a (secular!) constitution (based on it's own) a congress, a legal system, etc. It might have worked out better.
There still would have been some resistance, but if law and order had been restored earlier, allowing for the people to get to work and lead relatively normal lives, I'm sure there would be a lot more support than there is now. Making Iraq a democracy is a worthy goal, but a democracy does not operate by itself, without supporting institutions.
It's very hard to establish those when chaos reigns, or when there isn't even electricity and water for everyone.
Proceding in such a way probably would've appeared too "imperialistic" to the world at large, so I guess we won't be seeing this method used any time soon.
It could hardly be worse than the current alternative, though.
Don't worry all, as much as muslims hate Americans they hate other muslims that much more.
Case in point:
BAGHDAD (AP) - Two suicide car bombings struck soccer fans in Baghdad as they were celebrating Iraq's victory in the Asian Cup semifinal on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.
'Cause he was a thug that caused the death of millions.
An independent Kurdistan would be welcomed by Washington. Divide and conquer.
Shi'ites don't want their country occupied. Hence the whole Al-Mahdi army.
Yes. To send a clear message that it will not tolerate a rebellion by the Kurds.
After decades of hatred and war, they'll erase Saddam's legacy and try to get closer to the Iraqis.
What for? Iran has no nukes and they claim that they're not seeking any. Iran never showed any imperialistic ambitions. Why would you think they'll suddenly change their policy.
Sweden is very active in the reconstruction of Iraq. The country was flooded by Iraqi refugees when the war started, and I know for a fact that the two governments are working closely together on relief, educational and youth programs.
Marching in protests certainly beats dropping bombs on civilians. I've been to more Middle-Eastern countries than you could ever dream of. And oh, did I mention that I'm a native Arabic speaker.
Kosovo? Was that where you didn't give a rat's ass about the UN? Used depleted Uranium and cluster bombs? Bombed TV stations, oil refineries and chemical plants? Created more than a million refugees? Killed countless civilians?
You must have me mistaken for someone else. I loathe Wahabis.
Another example of why liberal minds will never take office. I love people who are part of the problem and never part of a rational solution. Its liberals that tear at the very fabric of this nation. I don't know how you people sleep at night. You should be ashamed of your finger pointing at the very people who protect your tree-hugging way of life
Two points: 1. Nobody dreams about visiting arab countries. Arabs dream about coming to america so they can send money back to their families living in arab countries. 2. Somebody already informed me that you are an arab going to school in Sweden. I could argue with you about the war in Iraq but it's times like these that I have to remind myself it's just a waste of time. You see the only real difference between Arabs and Westerners is the Enlightenment.
P.S. - Those troops beating the kids in your youtube video are not American. Maybe post this bullshit on one of the British forums you've invaded.
One day lixy your people will be killed by their own ignorance. You people think with too much emotion. Religion and state have no place together. You have been doing it for thousands of years. Your ill informed view is illustrative.
Those kids throw rocks because their parents tell them to. The majority of who are poor, uneducated and desperate. Its ashame. You will be responsible for your own demise. Ignorance is contagious.Im impressed it made it all the way to Sweden.