BAGHDAD, Iraq – Eight months after the fall of his government, Saddam Hussein has been captured by coalition forces in Iraq, the United States confirmed on Sunday. The arrest was a major victory for the coalition that has been battling an insurgency for months.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we got him,” L. Paul Bremer, the head of the U.S. administration in Iraq told a news conference.
Bremer described the arrest as a great day for Iraq. “The tyrant is a prisoner.” ….
You mean ONE of the tyrants is a prisoner… the other one is raping the US treasury… My favorite quote has to be this one:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair hailed Saddam’s capture. “This is very good news for the people of Iraq. It removes the shadow that has been hanging over them for too long of the
nightmare of a return to the Saddam regime,” he said in a statement released by his office.
“This fear is now removed,” the statement continued. “It also gives an opportunity for Saddam to be tried in Iraqi courts for his crimes against the Iraqi people. We should try now to unite the whole of Iraq in rebuilding the country and offering it a new future.”
Um, glad the fear has been removed for the Iraqis. Well, maybe the Iraqi men. The women still have fear in Iraq since the US can’t seem to train the new Iraqi police or Army. Seems that I am one of the few Americans that remembers when the military was told to “secure an area” before declaring victory. The US has done a piss poor job on this front. But hey… they are only women, their fears are secondary.
Don’t even bother pointing out to me what happen to women under Saddam when it seems to me, in some aspects it’s gotten worse. One again: If you have not secured the safety of a city or it’s inhabitants, there is no victory.
But, let me take it away from the “pro-woman” rhetoric for a moment… Let’s dump that and look at the news once again:
- Saddam has been captured.
- The Iraqis are happy because the “terror” is gone.
Okay, let’s simplify this even more, shall we?
This “War on Terror” started because of something called 9/11. We even got some pretty scary video tapes from a bloke named, Osama bin Laden. He seemed like a walking desert Media Mogul, transmitting about how he was going to “huff and puff and blow the United States down”. The Bush administration replied by invading Afghanistan (which in my opinion, was justified and understandable).
But, golly gee-whiz… we never did catch that Osama fella, dead- or alive, did we?
I feel like we’ve stepped into this surreal “Where’s Waldo” picture… except this time the caption states “Where’s Osama”.
And today we hear that the Iraqi people feel safer.
But let me ask you this: Do the American people feel safer? Where’s Osama?
But Bush doesn’t seem to care where Osama is anymore… Instead the Bush Administration blows up children in Afghanistan buy using heavy artillery to attempt to catch one suspected Al Qaeda terrorist.
And then you wonder why people might not trust the United States… The United States military, the best in the world cannot seem to complete it’s missions due to poor instructions, poor communications, and poor leadership.
Well, we know where the poor leadership comes from. When the team is losing, fire the manager.
Mr. Bush, what happens when you win the battle, but are losing the war?
Mr. Bush, I still don’t feel safer when I fly to another country. I still don’t feel safer on my own soil. If anything, you have single-handedly fed on the fears of the American public. You’ve attempted to pass and have passed laws to infringe on our civil rights. You’ve spent, and spent, and spent with nothing much to show for it.
Then again… since we seem so fond of conspiracy theories- maybe Bush knows where Osama is. Maybe it’s a long term plan for 2004. If Bush looks to lose, then let’s whip out the Osama bogey-man to scare people to the polls. Osama hanging over the American public’s head like a bad cloud.
But who knows… stranger things have happened… I suspect that even more will happen before anyone really sees what is actually happening.
God Bless America. She’s going to need it before this is all over.
I pray that no one looses site of the bigger picture is all of this. The world may spin this way and that way, but like a dancer, if you can focus on one point, the bigger point, you’ll get through this with grace.
I couldn’t care less about Saddam… He was never scary to me.