"We either die by the Americans, the insurgents in the name of jihad, the security companies, which kill you and leave you laying in the street, the Iraqi police or...the death squads. Three years after the American invasion of Iraq, I have only one wish. I do not want democracy, food, electricity and water. I just do not want to die."
- Laith Muhammad, an Iraqi student.
"The toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime was worth everything. I have never felt as free to speak any day in my life as today. If George Bush did anything good, it was toppling Saddam Hussein. I am not pessimistic. But I'm upset, because the war and the occupation, which could have led to a new situation in Iraq, were squandered by the stupid mistakes committed by the American administration and military and the U.S. representatives in Iraq."
- Fakhri Fikry Kareem, owner and publisher of the daily Iraqi newspaper Meda.
Source: The Washington Post
When I hear Iraqis talk about how glad they are that Saddam is gone I am really torn. On one hand I understand that the end result of that crazy nut case no longer having controll over the people of Iraq is a good thing, a wonderful thing even, I still can't help but feel like the end does not justify the means. Not only that, but there isn't even an end to speak of. Saddam being removed from power turns out to be just a stepping stone, but I'm afraid that the next stone on this path is at the bottome of a cliff. We are in such a no-win situation right now. If we stay, we continue to screw things up and loose lives. If we go, we leave the country in such a shambles that it would be inhumane. WTF are we going to do? It's like we have a finger in the dyke and nobody around who knows how to fix the hole.
Enough with the metaphores. It's just so frustrating to not even have a clue as to what this situation should look like or how to get there. I'm not hearing it from any of the world's leaders. Nobody knows what the hell to do.