New York : 13 years later after US invasion in Iraq and fall of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship regime in 2003, the war and its aftermath resulted in one of the gruesome, chaotic era for Iraq and as well as Middle East. Over 600,000 Iraqi people lost their lives since the war broke out.
Both President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump believe the United States should had never invaded Iraq in 2003 (or, at least, Trump claims he now does). The US invasion triggered a sectarian conflict that now haunts both Iraq and Syria and looms large in the minds of an Obama administration wary of further intervention in the region’s conflicts.
Former CIA analyst John Nixon on Saddam Hussein
John Nixon, a former CIA officer who interrogated Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after he was captured by coalition forces in December 2003, is about to release his new book, he detailed his encounter with the toppled despot and the varied discussions that followed.
During Nixon’s interrogation, Hussein warned that the occupation of Iraq wouldn’t be as much of a “cakewalk” as Washington’s neoconservatives assumed at the time. He wrote :
“When I interrogated Saddam, he told me: ‘You are going to fail. You are going to find that it is not so easy to govern Iraq.’ When I told him I was curious why he felt that way, he replied: ‘You are going to fail in Iraq because you do not know the language, the history, and you do not understand the Arab mind.’ “
Nixon now reconsider that Hussein had a point and that a ruthless strongman like him was necessary to “maintain Iraq’s multi-ethnic state” and keep both Sunni-Shiite extremism and the power of Shiite-led Iran, a Hussein foe, at bay.
He also added :
“Saddam’s leadership style and penchant for brutality were among the many faults of his regime, but he could be ruthlessly decisive when he felt his power base was threatened, and it is far from certain that his regime would have been overthrown by a movement of popular discontent,”
“Likewise, it is improbable that a group like ISIS would have been able to enjoy the kind of success under his repressive regime that they have had under the Shia-led Baghdad government.” Nixon wrote.
“Although I found Saddam to be thoroughly unlikeable, I came away with a grudging respect for how he was able to maintain the Iraqi nation as a whole for as long as he did,” wrote Nixon. “He told me once, ‘Before me, there was only bickering and arguing. I ended all that and made people agree!’”
“I was struck that Saddam looked like the most dignified person in the room,” Nixon writes. “This is not what our young men and women were dying for.This is not what President Bush had promised a new Iraq would be.”
Sources : AP