The First Gulf War, a quarter of a century after
What lessons have we learned?
A few days ago, the memory of the first gulf war dawned on us, some of you remembered it, and some just passed by them. But for us as Iraqis, it is a memory that was a turning point in Iraq’s modern history.
Reviewing the modern history of Iraq gives us a transparent notion about the nature of governments ruled it. Some countries go to war for peace, or may be they are forced to fight wars because of mad conflicts amongst parties within their political system, then they regret going to war and bounce back to substitute war with peace for their people. Many countries over the course of history have suffered from war, but at the same time, they managed to develop an effective political and economical systems that kept them immune to wars.
As for Iraq, its experiences of war were nothing but a throwback. We could not come up with a rational perception to prevent maniacs from accessing any power. Saddam Hussein, the greatest maniac, left us with other maniacs, who all they care for is waging wars and trap the country in the conflicts rut over and over. Examples of Saddam were later repeated after liberating Iraq, will we continue producing it after we win over ISIL?
Some food for thought: Are we, the Iraqis, capable of constructing a political and economic system that will help depriving such examples of any access to power?
What is the role of the educated elite and the population in building a futuristic Iraq?
Do you have a vivid vision of the future and the shape of Iraq 10 years from now?