A story in the Guardian Unlimited today paints a picture of an Iraq that has devolved into lawlessness and despair.
So what’s the truth? Are people really worse off now than they were under Saddam? Considering the torture chambers and mass graves that have been discovered, I can’t see how that can be. And yet the press seems to see the breakdown of order and the misery that’s ensued.
Do the reporters who write these pieces really think that the order imposed by Saddam Hussein was better than the disorganization that exists now? Was it realistic to expect an orderly transition to a new government within six months of the fall of Saddam?