An email sent to me asking the following question
Q/" I am not naive as to corruption in high places, but my desire really is to know the truth. I have read many other blogs that are vehemently anti US and others that are equally pro US. Your blog caught my attention because you seem to be objective. Let me ask you... In your opinion would it have been better for life to continue the way it was before the war? Also do you think that the US should stay in Iraq until things are more stable? Third is there anything that we the people of the US or our Govt. could do to make the situation better there?
A/ I am loyal to my country in the sense of being loyal to the Iraqi people ,you asked me a very tough question,
in the begining we were so happy because we thought the US had come to liberate us,( most of the Iraqi people) and some were not very happy because they benifited under Saddam and they found themselves homeless and jobless .
We cannot deny the good things the US has done for the Iraqi people , but I think that the US should have done more to protect Iraqi people and serve them for example after 4 years of the war electricity keeps getting worse , many people do not have drinking water in their homes especially during the summer , many iraqis are left jobless and cannot provide for thier families which causes them to commit all types of crime Im not saying that all those that have no jobs in Iraq are criminals but an enviroment as such usually leads to this type of problem .
We have to tackle problems like corruption I know that corruption is so huge in Iraq it seems like imposible to solve but I think if the Americans help they can do it , begining with the big heads in the government , huge amounts of money have been spent on what ? All I see is workers sweeping streets that do not need to be swept!! why not work on projects that benifit the Iraqi people, electricity ,water infrastructure projects ...you mignt say SECURITY well many Iraqi governorates in the south are relatively safe but nothing has been done there..
What we need is a government that is willing to work for Iraq not for itself ...what we see now is a bunch of thugs that do not care about anything except making as much money as they can as fast as they can and sending it abroad so they have millions when they return to the countries that they came from, all these people left iraq and did not suffer under Saddam and if they did it was for a short time unlike the Iraqis that suffered during that time and still suffer . I know many officials that roamed the streets in Europe and in other countries and lived on pensions given from governments of those countries who are now milliorares !! Where did they get the money ? most likely from the poor Iraqi people.
What I think is that the Americans did good when they came to Iraq its just that what they did when they got here is not so good !
Should US troops stay in Iraq untill things are more stabe , well in both ways they are bad the question is which is the best of worst ? well I say as long as the US troops are here things will not be stable because you will always find someone complaing even if it is not the troops fault . These troops need to do more than just protect themselves in this country , but leaving Iraq the way it is will be a catastrophe the country will go through the worst civil war in the history of mankind . I guess the troops being on Iraqi soil gives us a feeling of security now because of what might happen if they do leave , they are just like the punishment you threat a child with if he behaves bad .
If you think conditions here are bad now wait till you see what happens when the troops do leave .