Long-suffering Iraqis have legitimate grievances in the post-Saddam Hussein era.
Notably they include rampant corruption, high unemployment, impoverishment affecting millions — the nation’s youths notably affected — and lack of essential to life public services.
Saddam ruled despotically but he wasn’t all bad. According to UNESCO, he established one of the region’s best educational systems that was free to the highest levels.
Healthcare was near-universal, available in nearly all urban areas and most rural ones, according to UNICEF.
Pre-Gulf War, it ranked with the region’s best. Since that time, things changed dramatically for the worst.
For the last 30 years, the US waged wars on Iraq by hot and other means.
Sanction following the Gulf War caused about 1.5 million deaths.
Mostly young children, the elderly and infirm, about 7,000 died monthly — a US-imposed system former UN humanitarian coordinator Denis Halliday called “genocide.”
The US-launched Gulf and 2003 wars erased the cradle of civilization.
An occupied wasteland/US controlled free-trade zone replaced it.
US “shock and awe,” followed by “shock therapy” produced repression, daily killings, deprivation, mass detention and torture.
US regimes bear full responsibility for wrecking the country to plunder its resources.
Iraq under Saddam was no rose garden. Decades of US rampaging made life for the vast majority of Iraqis far worse than any time under his rule.
Before his death from imprisonment and mistreatment by US occupying forces, former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz said the following in 2013:
“There is nothing here any more. Nothing. For thirty years Saddam built Iraq, and now it is destroyed. There are more sick than before, more hungry.”
“The people don’t have services…We are all victims of America and Britain. They killed our country.”Protests in Iraq