Reeling from sequel of Iraq war

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  • Saturday, 17 May 2003


TERROR STRIKE: Foreigners walking past debris from last Monday's bombings in Riyadh on Thursday. - APpic

THESE days when movies are made, there are already plans for the sequels. 

Movies often depict real life and so when the US waged war on Iraq, many started plans on the “sequels.” 

The talk was that after Iraq, the “sequel” would be for the United States to go after Syria or Iran. 

But the other “sequel” people were talking about – but often ignored by the US administration – is the sequel of revenge or retaliation by Muslims. 

And it seems that this is the sequel currently playing.  

A month after the US military “adventure” knocked out the government of Saddam Hussein, there have been suicide bombings and explosions against Western interests in Riyadh, Chechnya, Yemen and Karachi – all within a matter of days. 

Surely this is no surprise. 

Many, including Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, had warned that double standards and Western injustices against Palestinians and Muslims as well as a war on Iraq would only draw fresh recruits to terrorism. 

The Prime Minister had said it was important to study the root causes of terrorism and what causes a person to want to crash a plane into a tall building and die in that “horrible fashion,” referring to the strikes of Sept 11, 2001which killed about 3,000 people in New York. 

The US war on Iraq was waged on the premise of countering terrorism and making the world and the United States a safer place. 

The reality is that the US war on Iraq itself was an unlawful act because it did not have the approval of the United Nations. 

It has been over a month since the US-led troops “took control” of Iraq. Yet, there is no security, no power and no clean water supply. 

And they cannot even determine whether, when they hand power back to the Iraqi people, a Shi'ite leader representing the 60% majority will take control and turn Iraq into an Iran-like Islamic state. 

This is something the United States is opposed to.  

It is also apparent the United States is not in control of other sequels being played out by terrorists elsewhere.  

With each growing day, anti-American sentiment is on the rise. And the sad thing is the United States seems no closer to solving the terrorism problem.  

There is also no attempt by the United States to understand the root causes of the growing anger against them.  

In Iraq, it now talks about mass graves during Saddam’s time and the cruelty of the former Iraqi leader, omitting the fact that it was the one who put him there in the first place and how it looked the other way when he used toxic gas during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). 

During a movie, sometimes the special effects overshadow the plot.  

Likewise, in this war of Iraq – lest some forget the plot after the spectacular show of force – the reason the United States went to war was because it claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.  

A month later, there are still no signs of these weapons nor of Saddam. 

This must seem like deja vu for the United States, because after Sept 11, they went all out to track and hunt down Osama bin Laden.  

And they still have not found him.  

In Iraq, while some US soldiers believe they are safer now from terrorists attacks than just after Sept 11, others feel more vulnerable. 

“I feel I am more of a target now. Those supporting Saddam or the terrorist groups would now be plotting something to get back at us for what we did,” said L/Corp Uriah Cross shortly after the fall of Baghdad. 

His colleague L/Corp Keith Little too shared similar views saying he believed there would be those planning revenge against the United States. 

If the war on Iraq were to be hailed as a blockbuster movie by the main players, it would seem that the directors, producers and financiers have lost the movie-making rights of all the sequels being played out.  

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