Shahin, Mariam
February 2004
Middle East;Feb2004, Issue 342, p6
The U.S. believed that with the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein most of their problems on the streets of Baghdad and Basra would be brought to an end. Saddam's medical examination at close quarters, and commentaries on the American "catch" and listening to pronouncements on bow Saddam's capture was really a Kurdish coup, rather than an American one, Iraqis were busy celebrating or simply continuing with their attempts to adapt to or resist, the wishes of their new masters. The Americans have turned Iraq not into a democracy but into a chaotic mess. Despite their hatred of Saddam, who they blame for the death of two of their sons in the Iraq-Iran war and suppression of their religious beliefs, they do not see any future for themselves and their children in an American ruled Iraq.


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