December 30 is a very unforgettable day in the minds of the whole humanity as it marks the Saddam Hussein death anniversary. It’s been ten years since the Iraqi dictator was executed and his ghost still haunts the United States. Saddam’s memories serve as a reminder of the United States’ broken ambitions to put the Middle East in a state of peace and democracy.
Saddam Hussein Death Anniversary
Saddam was hung in Baghdad on December 39, 2007, under then-president George W. Bush’s reign. From the moment Saddam breathes his last air, Bush already knew that his country’s invasion in Iraq, which killed 3,000 US forces, did not succumb to Washington’s planned progress.
“Many difficult choices and further sacrifices lie ahead. Yet the safety and security of the American people require that we not relent in ensuring that Iraq’s young democracy continues to progress,” Bush said back then.
America Failed To Bring Democracy In The Middle East
The free and democratic Iraq Bush had envisioned turned nothing but a shattered dream. The U.S. failed to put an end to the spiral of sectarian violence in the country.
Iraq’s Sunni minority that once reigned in the country grew increasingly embittered towards a predominantly Shiite government. That growing resentment sparked the rise of the now Islamic State group that counts former Saddam military officials in its ranks, reports Yahoo.
More than 5,000 US soldiers still battle with the Iraqi army. However, the extremist fighters are unbeatable, at least just yet.
Why Saddam Hussein Could Have Prevented ISIS Success
More than a decade later, some US policymakers are still trying to figure out what went wrong in the process of bringing peace. The first CIA analyst to interrogate Saddam after his December 2003 capture, John Nixon, says the CIA and White House officials had mistaken views of the Iraqi strongman.
According to Nixon, Bush blamed the CIA for everything that went wrong and called its analysis as ‘guesswork’, while “hearing only what he wanted to hear.” Nixon painted Saddam as a brutal dictator, who was able to achieve equilibrium in ethnically diverse Iraq through murder, threats and intimidation.
“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,” taken from Nixon’s book published in Time. “It is improbable that a group like ISIS would have been able to enjoy the kind of success under his repressive regime.”