Could it Be that Saddam Has Outwitted President Bush?
The insurgency planned by deposed dictator Saddam Hussein 'has closed'
and according to this op-ed from Tunisia's Tunis Hebdo, the clear consequences
are a rapid loss of American credibility and the increasing defiance of its
adversaries around the world.
From Tunis Hebdo
The course of events does not seem to have proven false the prophecies of informed
observers who predicted for the American Republicans a tragedy analogous to
that of Vietnam for having occupied (what an absurdity!) Iraq, a sovereign country,
under the false pretext that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
This was absolutely false!
Bush had promised a pacification within a month, a picnic really. Now
the GIs have been fighting for two and a half years with “official losses”
at about 2,000 dead and 15,000 wounded, that is to say 10% of the combat forces.
Lately, in the ranks of the occupiers there have been an average of four killed
per day. August is considered the darkest month yet for the Pentagon, with sixty
killed in the first two weeks of this month.
The intense carnage is terrifying and the ubiquitous fighting has spread
throughout Mesopotamia. During the month of July, the Baghdad morgue alone received
1,100 hundred cadavers of Iraqi civilians, most of who were men aged 15 to 45,
most of them disfigured and unrecognizable …
Imagine the emotional shock in the U.S. when the remains of seventeen boys,
killed during the same offensive and all from the same region arrived in Ohio!
From now on, the president and his hawks seem to really have their hands and
feet tied by the tenacity of the Iraqi resistance. It is showing the Americans
that the “failure on Islamic land” of the world superpower is envisioned
by more than one Chancellery [Department of State].
This grim dilemma and devastation has had direct negative effects, on one hand,
on the American public opinion and, on the other, through the collateral damage
in the entire world.
Today America is defied more and more almost everywhere. Here is a
brief presentation of the situation:
Anti-War Protester in Front of the White House
-- America public opinion is shifting with a certain virulence
-- The GIs, returning home, want to have their voices heard and denounce
the lies that were told to them in the Iraqi hell.
-- Hundreds of vigils against the war in Iraq are organized every Wednesday
all over the United States.
-- Mothers who have lost their children in this dirty war continue
to camp out in front of the Bush ranch, which they have besieged in Texas, where
he is spending his vacation.
-- More and more first rate personalities in the U.S. - and elsewhere
- such as Kissinger, are starting to express reservations on the handling of
policy by their country.
-- In Congress, the Republican camp is more and more divided over the
way the war is being conducted.
Faced with the doubt that is establishing itself everywhere in the land of
Uncle Sam among the masses as well as the intelligentsia, it is clear that Bush,
caught between a rock and a hard place, doesn’t know where to go. Furthermore,
his popularity is at its lowest since his first inauguration. As a result, there
is less respect in the world for his decisions and initiatives, which are treated
with increasing caution. A loser or a future loser is not always welcome among
his peers. Chirac should repeat endlessly that he “warned him, but in
vain”… The consequences:
-- The military alliance against Baghdad is being drastically reduced.
The British have announced troop withdrawals. The Italians and the Japanese,
with the ascension of the opposition to power in September, will do the same.
-- The Taliban are regaining control of Afghanistan. This is not surprising
given that two thirds of the country was never pacified. Spain just lost seventeen
of its soldiers at one time when their helicopter was fired at.
-- Venezuela is challenging the United States and its President Chavez
has created a satellite television station specifically meant to counterbalance
the “propaganda of CNN.”
-- The drafting of the Iraqi Constitution, the subject of serious disagreement,
has been delayed. There is a risk that it will lead to the inevitable, civil
war, even the splitting up of the country of the Tigris and the Euphrates.
-- Putin is shamelessly intervening to advise Bush to establish a calendar
for withdrawal from Iraq, while there is still time.
-- Russia and China are organizing military maneuvers, like in the
old days of “Stalinist” communism, to “fire blanks at the
-- North Korea and Iran are publicly acting without paying heed to
Washington’s threats. The first to perfect its atomic bomb and the latter
to obtain it quickly. This is the providential bonus gift from the Iraqi Jihadists.
Because the United States, in the current state of things and with the situation
in the Gulf being what it is, is no longer in a position to wage two wars at
Furthermore, Bush’s two main objectives, which he cites in all of his speeches,
have not been attained. International terrorism has not been reduced and done
away with as he had envisioned. Far from it! It is currently at its “apogee”
with six times more attacks carried out annually in the world since September
11, often showing a surprising mastery of sophisticated technology.
As for the price of oil, for which the resident of the White House waged genocide
on the Iraqis (there is talk of 100,000 killed) in the name of “democracy,”
it is currently at record levels. There is talk of it rising to $74 per barrel
by the middle of next year. At $60, it is causing the American economy to suffer,
with rampant inflation. At $100 per barrel, the oil wells in Saudi Arabia, Algeria,
Libya or Venezuela would likely be conquered militarily!?
Certainly the formidable Condoleezza Rice has acted like a “she-devil”
to try, if only a little, to polish her boss’s coat of arms, but the results
are not always tangible. Newly promoted to the State Department, she had visited
48 countries during 13 different trips by the end of her first six months in
that position. The all-time record has been beaten by this 66th Secretary of
State, one of the most influential women in the world, because Bush listens
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It must be acknowledged that for more than one of the world’s leaders,
the weakening of the “American ogre” is not unwelcome. It allows,
among other things, a reduction of the arrogance of the American decision-makers,
makes them more accessible to the grievances of their weaker foreign counterparts,
some of whom have lost sleep over the “extravagances made in the U.S.”
The guerilla war, a strategy chosen and planned out by Saddam Hussein
before his fall, is functioning perfectly. It has proven to be a “great
trap” against those who have undertaken this monstrous new crusade.