The carnage continues in Baghdad with 24 killed and 60 wounded today. The death toll for American soldiers now stands at 2500 and will undoubtedly pass this figure. The Iraqis suffered 20 times more, including women and children. The Bush Administration spent US$319 billion on the occupation in Iraq, on top of another 400+ billions since 2001.
US$800+ billion! What good the USA could have done with so much money, like medical research, aid to the poor of the world, science, environment, even rebuild New Orleans, etc. Instead they used it to kill Iraqis, Afghans and their own young men and women.
WMDs? Everyone, even those in USA, knows it has been one big fat lie.
Saddam Hussein’s link with al Qaeda? Proven to be another lie. The irony has been that, with Saddam out of the way, his enemy al Qaeda could infiltrate into Iraq.
Regime change? The USA supporting warlords in Somalia, (until recently) the brutal President Islam in Uzbekistan, the draconian regimes in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, etc.
Oil? The price has gone through the roof, with the Chinese and Indians now about to grab the lion’s share, already from Iran, and very soon one day from Iraq and Saudi Arabia too, as the Asian giants will offer higher prices that the Americans would be willing to.
Already, many western countries are now talking nuclear energy when once it would have been taboo – eg. Australia.
For Israel? Yes, that has been the real reason.
George Bush had been duped into removing one of Israel’s potential threat in Saddam Hussein and was about to rid the other one, Iran, when things didn’t work out in Iraq as the Americans had hoped.
Israel has been boasting of an oil pipeline soon from Mosul (Northern Iraq) to Israel, courtesy of their new partners, the Kurds.
Americans have paid a terrible price in money, lives, international goodwill, morale and and morality, for another country, Israel.
The Chinese believe that generally in a well-to-do family, where granddad had built up the family fortune from nowhere, all it would last is until the 3rd generation, before grandsons destroy that wealth and take the family back to square one.
The Bush family just needed two generations to take the USA back to square one in so many aspects. But the price for Iraqis has been far too terrible.