01 July, 2014

Jeff Weintraub: Feisal Istrabadi on the tragedy of Iraq

Jeff Weintraub: Feisal Istrabadi on the tragedy of Iraq:

RY: How painful is that for you personally? You were one of the Iraqis who, as we said, had left the country and pushed for the US invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Some analysts [are] saying that Saddam Hussein, although he ruled with an iron fist, that iron fist kept these different factions together. Now we have this. You're watching this from Indiana. How painful is this for you?

 FI: Well, let me first address the first part of your remark about, "well, he may have been unpleasant, but ..." This is a man who is guilty of the deaths of no less than one million Iraqis over a period of 35 years. So there is no "he may have been a brutal tyrant" ... there is no "but" after that, there's no comma after that phrase. It's a period.

Having said that, I can say that none of my aspirations for Iraq have come true. My worst fears, my greatest nightmares, have all been exceeded. [....]