Copyright © 2001-2003 United Press InternationalFor Tewfic Mishlawi, editor of the English-language Middle East Reporter, the collapse of resistance in Baghdad was "a very sad thing."
"No one regrets Saddam's departure but the war in Iraq is wrong as a whole," Mishlawi said. "The way it happened was wrong: a superpower that ignores all legitimacy, charters and everything."
He asked what right Bush might have to change regimes.
"This pre-emptive policy is wrong and I don't think it will last," he said.
He said he hoped France and Germany would try to restrain Bush's doctrine.
Mishlawi said he was surprised that Iraqis did not resist the coalition forces. He explained that the fear of Saddam's regime and lack of confidence in the coalition forces were some of the reasons.
"Despite that, Iraqis want to see Saddam removed from power and have suffered from his brutal regime, they will resent a foreign power," he said. "If there will be an escalation of popular resistance, I will be extremely happy." Read: "Not enough Americans died in this war to humble them as a nation."
Mishlawi, like the majority of Arabs, fears that Bush's ultimate aim was not to liberate Iraq but establish U.S. hegemony on the region.
"The purpose is to establish Israel as a dominating power in the region on behalf of the U.S.," he said.
The war in Iraq may be almost over but the argument whether it was a war of liberation or occupation war may continue for some time.
I for one am sick and tired of the freaking “Arab Press”, CNN included. The Arab press uniformly broadcasts HATE against Americans. Yet the intellectual asses on CNN and ABC are all to ready to apologize for being Americans. They whine and they whimper and they snivel and they ask stupid questions, that if answered could cost American lives. Moreover, today Christian and Wolfe on CNN are going on and on about an American Marine putting a US flag over Saddam’s Statue’s head for all of 20 seconds? WTF is going on in the world when the troops that won the fight can’t do a little victory dance. After all the Geneva Convention took rape and pillaging off the list of options? What is a GI to do?
That same US Marine also hoisted the Iraqi flag. But that gesture got nowhere near the same level of distain and coverage. Hey Amanpour – those where Americans that killed their way into downtown Baghdad and liberated a nation. Should they have hoisted the UN flag? I don’t freaking think so. If anything, they should have lit a French flag on fire and had a poop party! If the French had won the debate these people would be slaves still.
Here is the el Guapo question: Are the majority of Arab people really this freaking stupid that they buy what the "Arab Press" is serving? Do they really buy this stuff? Every Arab I have met in my life ( I have met a bunch of them – about 1000 of them had white handkerchiefs in their hands at the time) except the Kuwaitis seems to believe that we (The US) really go out of our way to persecute them. Do any of you only vote for a candidate if he promises to aid the World-wide Zionist Conspiracy (Hillary excluded)?
What would make these f’ing people happy? A country is free today! The Iraqi people are now in charge of their own destiny. They are now dancing in the streets. Within a year or two there won't be a US military presence in their country. They will be free from oppression, or be responsible for it if oppression comes back.
Another thing Al Jazeera: We have our own oil - We don't need yours. The only people dependent on Middleastern oil are the Europeans and the Japanese. Texas oilmen (read the Appointed President and his posse of Haliburton Boyz) will get far richer if the middle east were to cut off the supply of oil. Controlling the Iraqi oil fields doesn’t do anything for Bush and Cheney’s kid’s trust fund.
The first war (1991) was for our Allies economic health. See what great friends we are? See how they supported us in our war (2001, 2002, 2003...) against terrorism?