Ten Years is an Eternity

The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said that a week is a long time in politics. If that’s true, then ten years is an eternity.

As we mark the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, everyone has had plenty of time to consider the pros and cons of the military action, and it would be surprising if some people had not changed their opinions during that time.

Rather than re-hashing the old arguments for and against the war, we’d be interested to hear from people whose positions on this question have shifted over the years. Have subsequent developments in Iraq changed your mind about the war and the change of regime? Is the Iraq of today what you expected it to be, or is it better or worse?

And with billions of dollars in investments still flowing into the country, how do you think it will look ten years from now?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

6 Responses to Ten Years is an Eternity

  1. Catherine Moumjian March 21, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Hatred still is alive and well in Iraq. When Shiites, Sunnis, and the Kurdish people all consider themselves Iraqis first and learn religious freedom and individual rights then there will be a possibility of a sustained democracy. The United States needed to help form their democracy not just in name but in function. The people of Iraq will determine their future. Time is irrelevant. Democracy is a difficult process and a worthwhile achievement . It needs time for a shift in attitude and may take twice as long as the Iraqi war.

  2. Vinay March 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    For any region to grow as a standard developed country the key is infrastructure, education and employmnent. Since Iraq is getting lot of money invested in these areas and it continues to invest then for sure after 10 years Iraq will be one of the icon in Middle East region with alround development.
    People from all over the world will be eager to see a country like Iraq with such developments.

  3. David Lloyd March 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Just take a look at Kurdistan Region. The Kurds thank the Anglo-US invasion for getting rid of Saddam Hussain who was well on his way to getting rid of them. They do not have a sectarian problem and are not hell-bent on blowing each other to pieces. They are laying the foundations for a prosperous and vibrant economy and enjoy 24 hours of uninterrupted electricity supply. The EU/US visitor can arrive without visa at a modern international airport , designed by a British company, and go about his/her business in safety and security. There are now 95 registerd British companies in Kurdistan Region.

  4. Charles March 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    On a human point of view, Iraq needs to be compared to Yugoslavia. It is unfortunate that western interference has turned the World against interference in authoritarian/sectarian regimes as clearly there is potential for the UN to gaurd against renewed sectarian violence in Iraq and to help Iraq continue to realign to a productive sociery without elites hijacking fair laws for their advantage and stealing consequentially diminished national gdp for themselves.

  5. stupidamerkin March 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    This was no war. It was a criminal invasion set up and created by the international banksters followed through by the puppet regimes of the US and the UK and its still business as usual.
    What most still call a government is in reality a corporate fascist regime run and controlled by foreign and domestic traitors out of the District of Criminals.
    CONgress is nothing more then an illusion of government full of nothing more then self serving spineless coward traitors as well as the Senate and the SC and the sheeple still buy into the illusion.

    “It is horrific enough that many will perish believing the BIG lie, but the real tradegy are those who have, are now & will continue to perish defending the BIG lie.” Rod Souza

  6. HopesForIraq March 28, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    I sincerely hope Iraq emerges from the 30 years of wars as a new and vibrant nation. That its peoples learn to live peacefully together to bring a new golden age to Iraq. I truly hope this as an American who has learned of past Iraq greatness and how smart the people are.