From Stories in America blog:
Regrets from the Man Who Brought Down Saddam
His hands were bleeding and his eyes filled with tears as, four years ago, he slammed a sledgehammer into the tiled plinth that held a 20ft bronze statue of Saddam Hussein.
Then Kadhim al-Jubouri spoke of his joy at being the leader of the crowd that toppled the statue in Baghdad’s Firdous Square. Now, he is filled with nothing but regret.
The moment became symbolic across the world as it signalled the fall of the dictator.
Wearing a black vest, Mr al-Jubouri, an Iraqi weightlifting champion, pounded through the concrete in an attempt to smash the statue and all it meant to him.
Now, on the fourth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, he says: “I really regret bringing down the statue.
The Americans are worse than the dictatorship. Every day is worse than the previous day.”
The weightlifter had also been a mechanic and had felt the full weight of Saddam’s regime when he was sent to Abu Ghraib prison by the Iraqi leader’s son, Uday, after complaining that he had not been paid for fixing his motorcycle.
He explained: “There were lots of people from my tribe who were also put in prison or hanged.
It became my dream ever since I saw them building that statue to one day topple it.”
Yet he now says he would prefer to be living under Saddam than under US occupation.
Mr Kadhim al-Jubouri is not alone on this.
Including maybe the most pro Bush politician in Iraq, Iyad Allawi.
As for the toppling of the statue in 2003: a big media show was built around it by the US government and corporate media.
Big media images were from angles that disguised that few people were present on Baghdad’s Firdous Square.
Most of those were US soldiers, and exile Iraqis flown in with very unpopular politician, Ahmed Chalabi, convicted to a long prison term for fraud in Jordan; said to be a US-Iranian secret services double agent.
Most Iraqis opposed Saddam Hussein; however, even in April 2003, many already suspected that Bush rule might become even worse than Saddam Hussein rule.
Today, these views are even stronger. Many of those who in 2003 thought freedom had come, have found out that though Saddam might be gone, tyranny was definitely not. On public opinion polls in Iraq: Halliburton Polls, by Arianna Huffington.
Time to bring down Bush, Blair, and their accomplices.
Pollution in Iraq: here.