April 27, 2007


Misguided rage at US supremacy: A new book offers insights about how America (Greg Sheridan, April 28, 2007, The Australian)

WHEN the 9/11 terror attacks occurred in the US, the official reaction of the Iraqi government was ecstatic. Saddam Hussein issued a statement saying: "The American cowboy is reaping the fruits of his crimes against humanity."

As two Iraqi authors write in a new study: "Saddam Hussein did his utmost to implant in the Iraqi psyche an ugly image of the US: coloniser, Zionist, bully and greedy oil thief."

At the same time, the opponents of Saddam had come to be profoundly hostile to the US for exactly the opposite reason. After the 1991 US-led operation to reverse Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, the Shia in the south and the Kurds in the north rebelled against Saddam's rule, only to be savagely crushed. The Americans did not come to the aid of the rebels, who saw this, with some justice, as American betrayal.

Here is a classic contradiction of anti-Americanism. The Americans are hated by one segment of Iraqi society for opposing Saddam and are hated equally by another section for not opposing Saddam enough.

...the Realists think our policy should be to make them all happy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2007 11:30 AM

Thus reaping the benefits of the vilest Realist of all, George HW Bush, who induced a rebellion, only to allow them to be crushed.

The guy ought to tried for war crimes, and I thank God Perot cost him his election.

Posted by: Bruno at April 27, 2007 11:49 AM

"Budianta even accuses the US of being unfairly critical of Sudan, but the latter's Muslim Government is conducting a genocide in Darfur and global liberal opinion is mostly critical of the US for not doing enough about it."

The line on "global liberal opinion" would have enraged me in the past but now just leaves me with a wry smile at the endemic hypocrisy.

Posted by: Genecis at April 27, 2007 12:48 PM

Nah, the Realists think our policy should be to appease the Saddamites lest we "destabilize" all the other dictatorships in the region.

Posted by: b at April 27, 2007 1:37 PM