The pain of years past
: Zeyad has another thoughtful post about his sadness these last few days. It confuses him; seeing Saddam humiliated, he expected to be celebrating. But, it seems to me, this instead only bring back the pain and suffering and needless torture of the Saddam years:
I still haven’t been able to get rid of this deep sadness that has overcome me the last two days. People have been emailing asking me to explain. I wish I could, but I simply can’t….
The images were shocking. I couldn’t make myself believe this was the same Saddam that slaughtered hundreds of thousands and plundered my country’s wealth for decades. The humiliation I experienced was not out of nationalistic pride or Islamic notions of superiority or anything like that as some readers suggested. It was out of a feeling of impotence and helplessness. This was just one old disturbed man yet the whole country couldn’t dispose of him. We needed a superpower from the other side of the ocean to come here and ‘get him’ for us….
And I’m still wondering why? Why did he have to put himself into this? Why did he have to destroy Iraq? What did he gain from all of this?