Iraq war will haunt west, says Briton who advised US military | World news | The Guardian

by peterjukes

It has been seen by many Muslims as a war on Islam. Now, we are saying, Weve pulled out of Iraq, we are pulling out of Afghanistan, and its all over now. It may be over for the politicians. But it is not over for the Muslim world. Well over 100,000 Muslims have been killed since 9/11 following our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, mostly by other Muslims.”We have to ask ourselves, what do we think this has done to their world? And how will they avenge these deaths in years to come? It is not over for the soldiers who have physical injuries and mental scars, nor the families who have lost loved ones.”She added: “The world is better off without Saddam. But nobody has been held accountable for what happened in Iraq, and there is a danger that we wont learn the right lessons, particularly related to the limitations of our power.”Politicians can still claim that Iraq was a violent society, or that Iraqis went into civil war because of ancient hatreds, or the violence was the inevitable result of the removal of Saddam, or that al-Qaida and Iran caused the problems. They distract from our own responsibility for causing some of the problems by our presence and the policies we pursued.”

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