The Fall Of What Had Already Fallen
Urfan Nizamuldin, Dar Al-Hayat, 2003/04/21
The fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq represents the fall of what already fallen. As Arabs, we have to understand its implications and its lessons. The time of lying to the peoples and to manipulate their emotions is over. The peoples have paid a huge price for such practices and can no longer tolerate more frustrations. Thus, it is important following the "shock and awe" to review all the strategies in order to secure a wide base for participation in the making of political decisions. The fates of people can no longer be left to the will of a single dictator.
The future will certainly reveal the secrets of the fall of the Iraqi tyrant. But the regime had already fallen right from the first day it assumed power by military force. It had also fallen when it waged wars against its own people in the north and south of the country, and then dragged it into wars that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people and displaced many more.
It is regrettable that the collapsed regime also takes down with it the unified and modern Iraq. But it is not only Iraq that fell; the entire regime of international legitimacy also fell with it. And here also we can assert that such legitimacy had fallen before it fell in Iraq. The assumed international legitimacy had already fallen with the old colonial rule which partitioned the region and the created Israel, as well as in failing to confront the wars that Israel waged against the Arabs, and in ignoring international resolutions and preventing the terror that is practiced by Israel.
Moreover, the principle of the fall of what had already fallen applies to the entire Arab regime, although such regime never had any color or taste. The illusion of Arab armies and their strategies also fell, together with the large military defense budgets which wasted money on arms instead of spending them on human development.
Also, the Arab media which spread deception fell. And the list of those issues that fell is a long one, but I will suffice with the ones that I have mentioned in order to reduce self torture. But what is more serious is that Israel is preparing itself to take advantage from the golden opportunity it was given out of the occupation of Iraq. Among such opportunities is the reopening of the oil pipeline from Kirkuk to Haifa, and the delivery of the waters of the Euphrates to Israel, as well as settling the Palestinians in south of Iraq, in addition to gaining contracts to rebuild Iraq.
Will the Arabs take notice of such threats? It is a legitimate question in those difficult times.
Mr. Nizamuldin is an Arab journalist and writer.