If the Americans killed Saddam Hussein, would the Kurds and the Shiites or even the Sunnis of Iraq suddenly decide that American sovereignty over Iraq was a good thing?
If an Iraqi wanted the $25M reward and shot Hussein and called the authorities, would his countrymen now accept the puppet government of Vichy Iraq?
If the Israeli Mossad found Hussein in a safe–house in Syria and destroyed the man and the house with an F-16 attack, would the Iraqi people throw away their own nationalism and perhaps even abandon Islam?
If a heart attack killed Saddam while saying his evening prayers, would the children of Iraq forget their history and become like little American boys and girls, yearning for “Beanie babies” and trips to McDonalds?
If Hussein Senior was killed in battle against the invaders, would the paramilitary Fedayeen Saddam lay down their arms and accept U.S. amnesties?
If a U.S. Air Force Predator drone aircraft positively identified Saddam and launched a Hellfire missile and sent Saddam straight to hell itself, would the Imams encourage the faithful to praise George W. Bush?
Or would the Iraqis remember the past ten or eleven years of cruel sanctions, open warfare, secret warfare, shock and awe, depleted uranium, chronic dysentery and cholera, destroyed infrastructure, electric blackouts, rhetoric by the U.S. President referring to them as “the enemy”, the torture of prisoners, the humiliation of homeowners, the tanks roaming their streets and jets dominating the skies, the bombs falling and the submarine-launched missiles destroying their homes and marketplaces, the amputees and the burned little children, the lying accusations, and the machinations of the Zionists and their supporters?
I don’t think we’ll see too many Iraqi teens wearing Bush — 2004 tee shirts. I don’t think Cheney or Rummy will show their faces in Baghdad without heavy body armor and a napalm attack to clear the area in advance of their visit.
No, the Iraqis will reject U.S. occupation with or without Saddam; they have a history, you know.
The American people will likely disgorge the Bush occupation of our Federal administration, too, and hopefully send Bush and his gang of thugs straight to Guantonomo, where they all belong.
The writer is a member of several falconry and ornithological clubs and organizations. He contributed above article to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from California, USA.