On the second anniversary of the Iraq invasion, Iraqi blogger Husayn Uthman writes:
So you ask me, Husayn, was it worth it. What have you gotten? What has Iraq acheived? These are questions I get a lot.
To may outsiders, like those who protested last year, who will protest today. This was a fools errand, it brought nothing but death and destruction. I am sheltered in Iraq, but I know how the world feels, how people have come to either love or hate Bush, as though heis the emobdiement of this war. As though this war is part of Bush, they forget the over twenty million Iraqis, they forget the Middle Easterners, they forget the average person on the street, the average man with the average dream.
Ask him if it was worth it. Ask him what is different. Ask him if he would go through it again, go ahead ask him, ask me, many of you have.
Now I answer you, I answer you on behalf of myself, and my countrymen. I dont care what your news tells you, what your television and newspapers say, this is how we feel. Despite all that has happened. Despite all the hurt, the pain, blood, sweat and tears. These two years have given us hope we never had.
The protests were nowhere near as big as those held in February 2003, just before the war, when millions marched in cities around the world to urge President Bush and his allies not to attack Iraq.
Other blogger coverage (some overlap):
Trumpet Sounds (London)
IDF Israel (Montreal)
Banagor (San Fransisco)
Darleen's Place (San Diego)
Citizen Smash (San Diego)
Martin Lindeskog (Gothenburg)
UPDATE: This cartoon appeared in March 22nd edition of The Detroit News.
Posted by Forkum at March 20, 2005 07:58 PM