A page difficult to turn over

10:15, September 06, 2010      

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A leading emperor of China's Tang Dynasty (618-907), Li Shimin, would advise others to take history as a mirror. But in comparison, Barack Obama, the incumbent U.S. president, would rather take history as a book, when he declares that the war in Iraq is a chapter that must be turned over now.

Announcing the formal end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, Obama described the Iraq war as "a remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq," but the point of his TV address to Americans from the Oval Office is that -- "Now it is time to turn the page" on the Iraq war.

Then what kind of page it is like?

More than seven years ago, on March 20, 2003, the U.S. launched a military invasion of Iraq, alleging that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. allegations turned out to be a lie and completely unfounded.

In the past seven and a half years, to average people in different parts of the world, barely a day has passed without TV footage showing bombings, attacks, kidnappings and killings in Iraq. When Obama asserts that "We have met our responsibility," he may need to be reminded that what the U.S. has left the Iraqi people is a country plagued by political and social chaos, economic ruin and mass impoverishment.

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