Give Iraq back?
November 27, 2006
Dear Editor:No one in the Pentagon, or the White House, or the Congress, not Republicans or Democrats, not even the Iraqi government seems to have a plan for success in Iraq. In fact, the only person who ever really did was Saddam Hussein. Long before he was president, Hussein made a commitment to the improvement of living standards in Iraq. He established the “National Campaign for the Eradication of Illiteracy,” which led to hundreds of thousands learning to read, and the campaign for “Compulsory Free Education in Iraq,” which gave everyone, male and female, the opportunity for a higher education.At a time when most Middle Eastern countries were ruled by monarchies and Ayatollahs, Hussein implemented a Western-style legal system, making Iraq the only country in the Persian Gulf not ruled by Islamic law. He gave women new freedoms and offered them government and industry jobs.Introducing modern western ways to the Muslim world earned him many enemies, including Osama bin Laden who called him an infidel.Hussein created one of the most modernized public-health systems in the Middle East, gaining an award from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He used Iraq’s oil profits to establish a national infrastructure campaign that built roads, promoted mining and brought electricity to nearly every area of the country.In a nation rife with ancient tribal rivalries, competing religious ideologies and Kurdish nationalism, Saddam Hussein was able to accomplish everything that we are now struggling to do. Instead of executing him, perhaps we should just give Iraq back to Saddam and bring our soldiers home.Sue GrayCarbondale