We have turned Iraq into the most hellish place on Earth

Interesting article here by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian:

"We have turned Iraq into the most hellish place on Earth"

I'd like to quickly point out that I don't buy the Guardian, don't have a beard, don't wear a cardigan or cords, and don't eat muesli for breakfast.

Iraq: http://www.tt-iraq.com/Default.aspx?nw=IRAQ&pn=IRAQ
Afghanistan: http://www.tt-iraq.com/Default.aspx?nw=AFGHANISTAN&pn=AFGHANISTAN

And I have never liked "everyone's buddy" Blair.
The Simon Jenkins article is brutal, he has been a consistent critic of the invasion and the occupation.

This country has been turned by two of the most powerful and civilised nations on Earth into the most hellish place on Earth. Armies claiming to bring democracy and prosperity have brought bloodshed and a misery worse than under the most ruthless modern dictator. This must be the stupidest paradox in modern history. Neither America nor Britain has the guts to rule Iraq properly, yet they lack the guts to leave.

Blair speaks of staying until the job is finished. What job? The only job he can mean is his own.


For those with more conservative case here is another excellent analysis of what went wrong in Iraq.


By Con Coughlin

If Blair had foiled the neocons, Iraq wouldn't be such a mess

"When people look back on this time, I honestly believe they will see this as one of the finest moments of our century." Tony Blair's choice of words was positively Churchillian when he acclaimed the success of coalition forces during his visit to Iraq in May 2003, following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's despotic regime.

The British and American military that participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom had indeed achieved a remarkable military victory. Within the space of three weeks, they had decisively defeated the ragged remnants of Saddam's Republican Guards and taken control of the country.

More to the point, the coalition's precision bombing tactics meant that only key military and Ba'ath party personnel and installations were targeted, so that Iraq was still a functioning state by the time coalition commanders assumed responsibility for governing the country.

And had things stayed that way, there was every possibility that the difficult transition the Iraqi nation was about to undertake from tyranny to functional democracy could be achieved without the country dissolving into civil war. That was certainly the view taken by the Foreign Office's phalanx of Mesopotamia experts. "Cut the head off Saddam's regime, and keep the rest intact to run the country," was how one senior British intelligence officer explained his vision for the post-Saddam administration of Iraq.

And how different the country might look today had those responsible for the post-war administration heeded that sage advice. Instead, Iraq today, despite the undeniable progress that has been made in reforming the country's constitutional framework, is in such a parlous state that Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, has now been forced to concede that the current chaos could ultimately result in the country fragmenting into three separate states - the very development the coalition has sought to avoid.

So what went wrong? The sad truth is that the seeds of the current mess had already been sown by the time Mr Blair became the first Western leader to visit Iraq, at the end of May 2003.

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