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History will not fondly remember war-makers

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

17:15, December 15, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

U.S. President Barack Obama announced the end of the U.S. war in Iraq together with the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Dec. 12, saying the remaining troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year. Barack Obama, who consistently criticized the Iraq War, said history will judge the original decision to go into Iraq.

The war in Iraq is undoubtedly a major event in the 21st century. The American people and media are reflecting. Nearly 4,500 U.S. soldiers lie died, more than 30,000 wounded, and 3 trillion U.S. dollars was spent in this nine-year war. Furthermore, the fiscal deficit of the United States is closely related to the huge war expenses. However, the large cost paid by the United States did not see an equal return. Iran, its old enemy in the Middle East, has more influence than it in Iraq.

The Americans' reflection on the Iraq War, just as how they reflected on the Vietnam War years ago, mostly focuses on their own interests but rarely reviews the long-term impact of the war on Iraq. In the view of Americans, today's Iraq is "an Iraq that is self-governing, inclusive and has enormous potential.”

But the fact is that over the past eight years, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed, millions became refugees, and a large portion of the social elite immigrated abroad. Agonies left by the war continue in Fallujah, where two fierce battles recently broke out.

Many newborns are malformed as the U.S. troops used white phosphorous bombs and other chemical weapons during the war. A local hospital doctor said, "As many as 12 babies born on Oct. 11 are malformed." The local water purification and sewage treatment systems have not yet been completed due to the shortage of reconstruction funds.

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swimmer at 2011-12-21124.78.142.*
The amount of disinformation these days is staggering. The obvious net result is a decrease in accountability by war mongers and corporate crony crooks. Many US citizens are still caught up in the delusion of it all. World citizens are more saavy, but should still beware of the cycles of history. Politicians have always lied. What"s different in the US in the recent past is the shocking amount(~50%) of public support of obviously bad leaders, and obviously wrong information.(FoxNews). To the other half of the public (democrats, libertarians, etc), it is a sad disgrace to watch as these crooks destroy the country, and the world, commiting crimes against their own countries and the world. Not all Americans agree with what"s been going on. But still, too many do, and actually believe the lies and FoxNews propaganda. It is dangerous, I think. So I left, after 2 miserable terms of GWB, with WWII Germany as a reminder of a type of society that I would never let myself live in. And, btw, with the departure of GWB, it clearly has not changed the direction or tone of the big military money that has obviously hijacked what was once a great, and(more)just, nation and world citizen.
dave from canada at 2011-12-19184.66.11.*
I hope the truth about the destruction of Fallujah will come out and the US be tried for war crimes. May the Iraqis who perished in Fallujah rest in peace.
PD User at 2011-12-1860.210.106.*
It's obvious why Lee Kuan Yew has become your target; he has allowed Singapore's naval base to be used by the USA. But you got to understand that the tiny island republic is surrounded by larger nations many times its size, so it's good to forge good ties with a superpower! You would do the same if you were in his shoes! And stop your silly comment about he being 'brainwashed'; he is much admired not just within Singapore but outside too for his foresight, good judgement and independence! He fought and threw out the British(the whites whom you claimed have brainwashed him), and won independence for his people. Is that the sort of person who could be 'brainwashed'?
Larrydu at 2011-12-1860.53.54.*
An article based on the reality and not, as usually the case, on fantasy about present political situation. Hope to read more from this writer.
PD User at 2011-12-1880.94.16.*
2011-12-17.Words-please don"t critize Americans.What?Where your minds?Family Bush and pony Obama to lose 3 trillions dollars in Iraq"s war to make wonderful a dreams american bussiness-3 trillion! You silence-still election idiot"s.

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