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Creating terrorism

The American public was led to believe that the war on Iraq would liberate the Iraqi people; that we would go in, kill Saddam, find the WMDs, establish democracy and leave. None of that has happened.

In fact, the Iraqi people have less freedom under U.S. occupation than they had under Saddam. They now live under the shadow of military patrols, checkpoints, invasive home searches, arbitrary arrests and curfews.

After the bombing of Baghdad ordered by Clinton in 1998, the electricity supply was restored by the Iraqis in just a few days. It has been four months since the “end” of the war, and the U.S. has been unable or unwilling to restore Baghdad’s electricity.

All of the ministries which regulated the social structures in Iraq were destroyed (with the noted exception of the Oil Ministry), so education, public safety and health agencies are no longer functioning.

The Iraqis are educated, intelligent and willing, but they are not being allowed to rebuild their infrastructure. They are becoming aware that it’s in the interest of the U.S. administration to keep the country unstable.

Instability creates a reason for occupation forces to stay in Iraq, which paves the way for U.S. corporations to profit from Iraq’s resources. This breeds frustration and anger in the Iraqi population, which results in continued attacks on our troops.

Before the U.S. invaded Iraq, there had never been any violence by Iraqis against Americans. The Bush administration didn’t fight terrorism in Iraq, they created it.

Sue Gray

Carbondale


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