Major issues which will affect Australia and the World
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I have lived in Iraq, under Saddam's government and all the subsequent governments.
First of all, let me state some facts:
During Saddam's era (Speaking of 1991 up to 2003):
1- You could drive from the North to the South of the country with confidence that you were safe.
2- Only the State had power, and the final word.
3-There was one party, u knew its evil, but it was only one.
4- Avoid politics, and you would live happily.
5- Salaries were bad, very bad.
6-Things were cheap, so cheap and affordable. Fuel was lest than 10 cents per liter.
7 - Higher Education was better.
8- Iraq was a sovereign country.
9-You couldn't travel abroad easily, no flights, you had to go to Jordan by car and then fly.
10- Kurds were denied high ranking/ sensitive positions in the government.
11- Food rationing was a good system to save the poor from famine (it was almost equally distributed and on-time).
12-Bad healthcare, bad services.
13- People almost lost contact with the outside world.
14- No Satellite dishes were allowed, only local and state-owned TV Channels were available.
15- There was a general fear, but fear of one man, one authority, and one powerful state.
16- Gov could suppress any riot or revolution by live ammunition/chemical gas / bombing.
17- No cellphones. Although there were limited internet and state-owned e-mail services.
18- Imported products were so expensive.
19-Supervised and secured border.
20- The country had pride, and was feared.
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1- The whole country turned into a war-zone (except Kurdistan).
2- Weak, irresponsible, unprofessional police and security forces.
3- Bombings everywhere.
4- You could easily go to jail and be a terrorist for the silliest accusations (with no evidence or fair trial).
5- State institutions, departments, universities started to be run, managed by almost one sect.
6- Education, healthcare, Security went down very quickly, and still are extremely bad.
7- There were months without electricity.
8- Fuel prices spiked and became very expensive.
9- Unsupervised border lead to all kinds of products, goods, cars, to enter the market.
10- The rise of militias that had weapons, money, and worked for their own agenda.
11- The rise of terrorist groups and armies.
12- People of Iraq witnessed kidnappings and ransoms for the first time.
13- Airports were opened and there are now flights to almost everywhere.
14- No infrastructure is being rebuilt, although the country has continuously been destroyed for the past few decades.
15- The wide-spread corruption in government, leads to the wasting of the country's fortune (e.g $50 billion disappeared in one year from national budget).
16- A wide-spread wave of killing Doctors, scientists, ex-military pilots were witnessed.
17- Iraq is no longer a sovereign country.
18- Organized and random crime is in every corner of the country.
19- Millions of middle-class and upper-class have fled the country, including students, lawyers, doctors, engineers...etc.
20- Iraq has not been rebuilt, as was promised.
21- Deforestation of the good lands that were previously green.
The list goes on and on, but you get the idea, during Saddam, Iraq was bad. After that it became a hell, every bad thing maximized to 1000%, not only for Iraqis, but for the entire Middle East and the world.
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After WMDs were shown to be just an excuse,didn't Howard suggest that they were bringing democracy to Iraq. When is it arriving?
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And Murdoch said petrol would be 20c / gallon in the US.
Under Saddam, the different ethnic and religious groups lived side by side. You could be a Sunni and have a Christian neighbour on one side and a Shi-ite on the other, with other groups nearby. Saddam was a Sunni, but secular in outlook. All that changed. Now they live in enclaves, with Shia dominant at all levels of government.
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Thanks to the yanks.
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Good to see you're still alive and kicking oh mighty Duke de la Waters !
When we don't hear from you regularly, it's a concern that you may have fallen off your perch.
Stay well young fella !
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