I turn on the television and see Iraqis dancing in the streets. I read about the jail where Hussein imprisoned pre-schoolers for not joining his youth brigade, and I see the euphoria in the eyes of an Iraqi woman that her children won't have to grow up in a world run by Saddam Hussein. It all makes me wonder.
Maybe I was wrong.
I have been to all the protests. I carried signs showing Bush and Sharon with a swastika over their faces. At the time I thought that they were murderous nazis out to slaughter an innocent people.
Now I see those people shouting "Bush yes" on television, and I hear reports of Hussein's gang of professional rapists -- men who rape women and girls in retaliation for suspected offenses against the regime.
It seems I was confused over who was the nazi and who was fighting nazis. I like to think that had I been around during WWII, I would have done anything to save the Jews. I am ashamed that based on my behavior this time around, I would have protested any attempts to stop Hitler. After all, Germany was a sovereign nation. Let Europe take care of the problem.
President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, the people of Iraq and the people of the United States - let me say here and now: I was wrong to oppose this war. Wrong to oppose the United States. Wrong to come to the aid of Hussein.
I urge everybody who has protested against this war to stop and think again about what you are doing. Maybe we should use Indymedia as a venue to share ideas about helping the Iraqis and as a space to atone for being on the wrong side of history -- again.