The summer before President George Bush decided to invade Iraq in pursuit of non-existent WMD, he was told by Secretary of State Colin Powell that when in a pottery shop, “if you break it, you own it.” Eight years have passed since the American led invasion of Iraq, and even those Iraqis who hated Saddam Hussein wonder if they benefited from his loss of power. Fawzia al-Attia, a Shiite Muslim who lost her job for refusing to join the Baath Party now says, “before I couldn’t say anything in my own home. But, at least I was safe. I was only afraid of Saddam. It is not like that now. Now, you open the door to your home and you could get killed.”
Bush turned down offers by his own State Department for plans regarding a post-war Iraq since he trusted the Keystone cops, Rumsfeld and Cheney. Now sectarian violence tears Iraq to pieces. Actually, half the Christians in the country have fled to save their lives from Muslim fundamentalists who were placed in power by Bush, the great Christian.
Were there other paths to peace that were not explored in 2003? That is the unanswered question.