Hennie, I'm sort of shocked that you can have such solidified opinions on what the Iraqi people feel or think when you've never even been over there?
Well to name one source : there was this refugee from Iraq, a medical doctor, who said life under Saddam seemed more attractive to most of his countrymen, than the chaos with the suicide killings etc. This was about three years ago. The guy was interviewed on the question why he fled Iraq. This is just one of many (millions and counting) Iraqis who have fled their country.
Most of his countrymen, or the Sunni's that flourished under his regime? The only people that had a good life under Saddam were members of that faction, and they were a minority; it was very similar, from what I could see, to the Albanian/Serbian minority-opressing-the-majority situation, and in THAT case we were practically regurgitating sympathy for the poor oppressed ones. What's different now? Oil is involved? How does that simple addition to the equation completely negate everything else that was wrong in that part of the world?
If you had acknowledged what I said in my last post, I mentioned that the people that lived in the area that I was in were filled with a renewed sense of hope and a determination to actually fight for freedom instead of accepting what their lives were like and living in fear in order to simply stay alive. Safety is always preferred over chaos, for everyone, but when I was there those people had no hope and behaved almost like whipped animals; us being there and helping them in our capacity rejuvenated their sense of purpose and desire for freedom, and YES, fighting back against those who oppress you causes chaos, death, and destruction. Our own country's history is written in such blood, as are many other places (Celtic countries included, I think Scotland/Ireland have had bloodier times gaining their freedom than we have here in America.) Sitting back and simply letting it happen around you is a pretty awful way to live...but it ensures safety and order, at least.