As yet another set of car bombs tore through the mainly Shiite neighbourhoods of the Iraqi capital killing 37 people and wounding over 100, the question must now be asked how invasion benefited the Iraqi people.

According to conflicting information there have been an estimated 87,215 civilians have died since the US led coalition invades Iraqi in 2003. 

The website iraqibodycount.org has stated that there have been a recorded 4,568 civilian death in Iraqi during 2012.  Yet according to media report violence in Iraq has fallen since the height of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, but insurgents still frequently launch lethal attacks against security forces and civilians.  It was the third time this month that attacks have claimed more than 20 lives in a single day.

I believe that most people would agree that Saddam Hussein was a tyrant, dictator, and overall a heinous individual who cared little for the people of Iraqi, cared more for his family, lived a life of luxury whilst ordinary Iraqi starve and died from poverty and hunger.  The west invades the country, he was hanged and yet one cannot help but wonder what we have achieved in Iraq.

There are those who will say that the West gave freedom to the Iraqi people, but what a price to pay.  What good is freedom if you cannot attend a funeral, go shopping, and attend a wedding without knowing that you could be blown to smithereens from a roadside or suicide bombers.

It would be foolish to believe that we can stop fanatical people from acting in an anti-social way, but the fact that there does not seem to be any cooperation of these two groups. The media suggested that although there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, similar ones have been orchestrated by Sunni extremists, such as al-Qaeda’s local affiliate. The group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq, favours large-scale, coordinated attacks. It considers Shiite Muslims to be heretics and accuses them of being too closely aligned with neighbouring Shiite powerhouse Iran.

We cannot in the West hold ourselves above reproach by suggesting that our actions freed the Iraqi people, all that we have achieved is swapping one kind of tyranny for another.  There is no doubt that the West was well aware that the two factions in Iraq namely the Shiite and Sunnis were on opposite sides and we should have ensured that there were established cooperation between these two groups before withdrawing and technically saying to them work it out among yourselves.

In my opinion what we did in Iraqi is nothing short of giving al-Qaeda a breeding ground to indoctrinate young impressionable minds with their warp ideology and in fact, I believe that irrespective of our successes against terrorism, we have helped to allow them to recruit more young men to become suicide bombers.

It is a disgrace on the part of so-called democracy that we could not have left the region much more stabilised.  Invasion is easy but what you left after you invade another country is the testimony of your achievement and in the West we have nothing to be proud of, our invasion only left a country in tatters and its people in chaos.

By Sandrea: My Opinion

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