Yeahs it sucks for most of the nation at moment.
It sucked less under Saddam for many.
It may suck less in 5 years time after a few more tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed.
|Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 15):|
Oh, hell, GuitrThree, of course it was . . . plenty of everything, including mass murders, gassings, kidnappings, rapes (please see Saddam's two male devil spwn for this one), torture, hell, it was a varitable paradise before Saddam went away.
Yes it was for many. (despite the torture and persecution which did happen but to a minority) Baghdad was the Las Vegas of the Gulf for a while and if you were a Sunni you were sorted. Most Shias in Baghdad weren't living in fear either. It was a case of go about your business, keep your eyes open to potential trouble, keep your trap shut and you'd be allright.
|Quoting EMBQA (Reply 4):|
Provide one main stream news source that says just that....
Oh please, if it's not on CNN it can't be true. There is so much going on that is not in the media. No US media wants to show an Iraqis stating they were better off under Saddam. However sit at the coffee shop smoking sheesha with real Iraqis and some will say this.
|Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 6):|
And better yet, don't come here to A.net and start asking opinions. Why don't you go down to your nearest Guard unit, or the like, and ask some people who have been there.
Yeah like they know what it's like for an Iraqi............ They know what it's like to walk on the street in fear but they still return to their hooch each evening and get fed at the DFAC and shop at the PX
everyday. Yeah they know what its like to live in Iraq worrying that their family are at risk, or trying to get food on the table or trying to support the family with little income.................. I know many service men and women who never left camp and didn't even meet an Iraqi during their time in country.
Saddam did a lot for Iraq before he went off the rails. The majority had jobs, free education through to University, state hospitals etc. Infant death rates dropped and child literacy increased significantly.
I am not ignoring the bad things Saddam did but objectively you need to be aware that a large number of Iraqis didn't live in fear under Saddam (despite all the US propaganda would like you to believe) and these people will now say they were better off under Saddam. On the flip side those who were victims under Saddam will be glad that he has gone but you can guess who is more vocal and gets airtime on the media.
Now before anyone tries to shoot me down, i want to state that i am glad that Saddam was toppled and feel that things will be better off in the distant future for the entire nation. However we need to be objective when A.netters attempt to imagine what an Iraqi is thinking when all the information you are judging them by is the drival you get from the media. Nothing you see or read in the media can help you get into the minds of the Iraqi populace.
Many are glad Saddam's gone but a large number would also want him back.