Iraqis Do Not Want Us There


If Arabs invaded America, killed a million Americans with WMDs, occupied the country with Arab troops, tortured Americans in gulags like Abu Ghraib, shot at Americans in minivans, raped 14 year old American girls, brought in Arab companies to steal American resources at gun point how many Americans would be willing to let those Arab troops stay?

America invaded Iraq a country that posed no threat to us, killed a million Iraqis with WMDs, destroyed Iraq’s infrastructure (now being rebuilt and paid by American taxpayers), tortured Iraqis in Saddam’s torture chambers and Abu Ghraib prison, brought civil strife to Iraq, took over Iraq’s oil and you expect them to want American troops to stay?

You have to be seriously brainwashed to believe Iraqis want us to stay.

“Give me liberty or give me death” is not just Pat Henry’s philosophy. It was written in blood on the sands of Karbala, Iraq by Imam Husayn (the 3rd spiritual leader of the Shia) 1,400 years ago.


The US military in Iraq hired firms to conduct focus groups amongst a cross section of the population. A summary report of the findings was obtained by the Post. Here are some of the highlights of the report as disclosed by the newspaper:

Until the March 2003 US occupation Sunnis and Shiites coexisted peacefully.

Iraqis of all sectarian and ethnic groups believe that the US military invasion is the primary root of the violent differences among them.

After the United States leaves Iraq, national reconciliation will happen “naturally.”

A sense of “optimistic possibility permeated all focus groups … and far more commonalities than differences are found among these seemingly diverse groups of Iraqis.”

Dividing Iraq into three states would hinder national reconciliation. (Only the Kurds did not reject this option.)

Most would describe the negative elements of life in Iraq as beginning with the US occupation.

Few mentioned Saddam Hussein as a cause of their problems, which the report described as an important finding, implying that “the current strife in Iraq seems to have totally eclipsed any agonies or grievances many Iraqis would have incurred from the past regime, which lasted for nearly four decades — as opposed to the current conflict, which has lasted for five years.


6 thoughts on “Iraqis Do Not Want Us There

  1. One thing: a million Iraqis dead? The estimate is closer to 200,000. Other than that, you hit the nail right on the head. Things may have been bad with Saddam in charge, but at least Iraq was stable. By dismantling Saddam’s government, we’ve eliminated the only thing that was really keeping Iran in check. Now we’re overextended and suffering from a horrible war of attrition. Not good.

  2. I would dearly love to have left saddam in power and let him continue to fuck Iraqi’s over. I now want us out of that god forsaken country forever. The middle east is the arm pit of the entire planet. Let those people blow themselves up, shoot each other, oppress their women, and be run by war-lords. Let these uneducated fools have thier little sand box. There is no reason to try to help them. Once the world figures out how to create a different source of energy other than oil, these rag tag nomads will go back to whatever they were doing prior to 1900AD. THERE WILL NEVER BE PIECE IN THE MIDDLE EAST–SAVAGES all of them

  3. I suppose it depends on how you define “deaths caused by the U.S. invasion.” I look at it as deaths directly caused by American soldiers, although I can see how people killed by insurgents could be included, since the insurgency was fueled by the invasion. I can’t remember the name of the study I was referring to, unfortunately.

  4. Thomas,

    Good question. IMHO, it is really not considered democratic to occupy nations and tell them who engage with. We can’t force them who to be friendly to and who not to.

    But I’ll answer your question.

    Iraq is closer to Iran than any other nation – and not just because they share the Shi’ite theology. When Saddam was in power all the parties in power (SCRI, DAWA, PUK) today whether Shi’ite or Kurd were all in Iran in exile. They got asylum there, were operating out of Iran, and even funded by Iran. Ayatollah Ali Sistani is an Iranian citizen, Shi’ite shrines are located in both Iraq and Iran. So Iraq and Iran are bound together much closer than Iraq-USA.

    The main thing is meddling in foreign affairs has been a major source of our troubles for the past 100 years. Whenever we meddle in other countries’ business by supporting what we perceive to be the “lesser” of two evils, we are bitten by consequences down the road.

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