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No Mr. Buckley, No

21 December, 2006

By Anwaar Hussain

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Dear Mr. Buckley,

Writing in National Review Online in February 2006, you William F. Buckley Jr. its Editor at Large and a diehard conservative icon, admitted that the U.S. mission in Iraq has failed but gave the following reason for the disaster;

“Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans…………they have not been able to contend against the ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols.”

No Mr. Buckley, no. You are muddying the water.

Since your chant has now been taken up by many Cons, Neocons and Repubs, the record must be set straight.

Mr. Buckley, your great country went to war with a nation that was already impoverished by more than 20 years of war and American led, UN-imposed sanctions. The immediate aftermath of the war found the traumatized Iraqi society without a recognized head of state or a working administration with well over 70 highly fragmented political parties pulling their unfortunate country in every which way.

Mr. Buckley, that Iraq would indeed have plunged into complete chaos was a foregone conclusion clear to every one but the likes of your good self. Your military annihilated Iraq’s central leadership, disbanded its armed and police forces, decimated its bureaucracy and stumped its judiciary with mock trials. Your country encouraged competing tribal and ethnic forces to pull Iraq apart. With no infusion of money, no central leadership, no overseeing bureaucracy, no American commitment for rebuilding, and no self-sustaining industry, Iraq was certain to sink into a bloody civil war and that is precisely what has happened. Do not muddy the water Mr. Buckley.

Moreover, any nation, including yours that has now become not a dream but a nightmare for many, would have behaved the same way under similar circumstances.

As a matter of fact, your country may have fared far worse. Your society, sir, has now been transformed into a culture of carnivorous marauders, most of them with a past criminal record. Allow me to give a glimpse of this violent nature of the society of which you are a mouthpiece.

According to Christian Science Monitor, in 2003 alone, more than 5.6 million Americans were in prison or had served time there. That's 1 in 37 adults living in the United States, the highest incarceration level in the world. Talk of ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols Mr. Buckley.

Not only that, with over 570,000 prison inmates released annually, "the suspect has a criminal record" has become more like a broken record playing over and over for American victims and their families. In the past about four decades, total crime in America has increased over 350%. Millions of criminals have been released from prison, many have been given probation for their crimes. All now roam the streets of America like cocked guns and ticking bombs. Talk of ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols Mr. Buckley.

Yours is the most violent society in the world presently Mr. Buckley. In your great country, the crime clock continues to click incessantly. According to reliable statistics, there is one murder every 22 minutes, one rape every 5 minutes, one robbery every 49 seconds, and one burglary every 10 seconds. Not only that, the cost of crime in your beloved country continues to mount: $78 billion for the criminal justice system, $64 billion for private protection, $202 billion in loss of life and work, $120 billion in crimes against business, $60 billion in stolen goods and fraud, $40 billion from drug abuse, and $110 billion from drunk driving. When you add up all, crime costs Americans a staggering $675 billion each year. Talk of ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols Mr. Buckley.

The crime battle in America now rages in terms of seconds and minutes within your own national boundaries Mr. Buckley. It rages in your states, cities, towns, communities and yes even in your own streets and homes. With crimes to property occurring every two seconds, and a violent crime every 19 seconds, crime is a war with casualties now being counted in seconds and minutes. Talk of ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols Mr. Buckley.

And hush Mr. Buckley. It is not a just a matter of crime statistics availability in your country. Compare your beloved country with some other developed countries of the world for example. You would squirm if I informed you that of the 10 cities having the highest murder rate in USA and Europe, 8 are American cities i.e. Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Houston and New York City. Talk of ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols Mr. Buckley.

Now if by a quirk of fate, a world force of a million odd strong men were formed up from countries that have had enough of you and your divine country’s endless machinations, landed in your great country, surrounded your murderous capital and cities like Chicago and New York, dissolved your federal and state administrations, disbanded your armed, civil and police forces, threw into the stockade your lying bunch of criminal leaders and announced the arrival of a New American Century of dog eat dog within you geographical confines, what would happen in your society that has more guns than hands Mr. Buckley? Talk of Iraqi animosities and ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols Mr. Buckley.

This is how criminal and violent your society has become Mr. Buckley. This is what you need to keep in mind next time you talk of Iraqi animosities and ice men who move about in the shadows with bombs and grenades and pistols Mr. Buckley. And I have not even touched upon the racial and religious tensions simmering on the fault lines just below the surface of your national fabric.

Get this straight Mr. Buckley.

Iraq fiasco was, is and always will be a gigantic human catastrophe, resulting from the stillborn vision of small men who wanted to ride high on their demented dreams.

No Mr. Buckley, no. Do not muddy the water.

Yours Truly,

Anwaar Hussain

Copyrights : Anwaar Hussain







Reader Comments:

Lessons to be learnt from this!!!

Actually the American adventure in Iraq and Afghanistan is not as bad as it seems. There are two very important lessons, ABOUT BROKEN DREAMS, which can learnt here. Some hardcore christians had dreams about finishing islam this time, once for all. Now they must admit that it will never happen. No matter how big and advansed war machine they have.
EVEN more intresting is it when one see AND HEAR it from some hardcore Muslim mullas'speech. They are dreaming about Islam, one day, ruling all over the world, if nesesry with force. But these stupids do not think that in 2007, when worlds biggest war machine can not occupy a small state, how will THEY be able to occupy ALL THE WORLD?NOBODY can win with power today or in future. Only with good ideas. So i hope both parties are happy now.

Khan G. Farooq, Norway - 21 December, 2006

Shooting oneself in the foot...

Mr. Hussain sure does keep his eyes on America.

Meanwhile, the real enemy, who has promised dire consequences to us all, is creeping up behind him and he is so fixated on the U.S. he doesn't see.

I think Mr. Hussain is shooting himself in the foot...

Ayasha, United Kingdom - 21 December, 2006

Re: Buckley in Iraq !

Do you think the improvished
and war striken American nation is going to believe. That military-industrial rich
Iraq was never responsible for their clamity? 130,000 Iraqi troops on US soil,under
UN sanctions pressured by the
Iraq State Department!the poor ordinary american had to
suffer economic sanctions.So
the Iraqi government has to safeguard the sovereignty of
** and her occupation of the
## lands.Poor Mr Buckley has
to suffer under Iraqi occupation and the world is

Khalid Rahim, Canada - 22 December, 2006

True and bold.

Well written article.
The sectarianism was not so much before but was exploited by alternately bombing sunnis and shias so the cycle continues.THis was just like in Pakistan when Khomeini came in Iran so to isolate it in Pakistan these activites were started.THis sectarianism is made in USA as writes Enver Masud in his site Also I read in NY Times that a journalist researched about the exploding cars on the street of Baghdad and the VINumbers were traced to the cars stolen from the streets of NY and other American cities.One wonders If Iraqis who have hard time finding bread to eat could come to US to steal and ship them to Iraq.
As many Iraqis and Kofi Annan said Iraq is worse now than it was under Saddam.But who cares for White Americans it is an attempt civilizing non christian,non whites gone bad.

Dr.Khan, United Kingdom - 22 December, 2006


Washington report on middle east affairs is a monthly magazine in USAbrought ouyt by Americans with credentials,a former Ambassador and a former Inspector General of US Information service.They try to give an alternate view on middle east,the one that no one dares to say in USA.IN America where there is lot of blabbering about freedom of speech,this magazine can't be sold on newsstand,thanks to Israeli lobby.In one issue, was written in an article that CIA by starting Iran Iraq war negated the concept that muslim will not kill a muslim.Euphoric with succes they went a step ahead,and with Gulf war proved the concept wrong that Arab will not lift gun on Arab.So the third stage is how to start war in one country when all are same.,and enjoy as long as they are Muslim. After all crusade goes on all levels.

DR.Khan, United Kingdom - 22 December, 2006

just want to say

a very nicely written article!

Joy Chien, Canada - 22 December, 2006

Kudos to the author

Miss Ayasha probably hasn’t heard. Her country has killed upwards of three quarters of a million people in the past four years. And she wants the writer to fixate on Guinea Bissau instead.

Hilarious, if not downright moronic.

Kudos Mr. Hussain. Write on. Expose the atrocities of the killingest nation on earth. You owe it to the victims of America.

Maximus, Canada - 23 December, 2006

A mirror image for Mr. Buckley

Well done Mr. Anwaar Hussain has placed rational research based analysis before Mr. Buckley.

Arshad Hussain, Pakistan - 23 December, 2006

oh not again ....

I came back to paktribune almost after 8 months and still found the same old ranting and venom spitting goin on.

What mr. Hussain is quoting may be right, but there is another side of the statistics.

Think that in US women have the courage and faith in the law that they will get justice. compare that to Pak where women who are raped run the chance of getting convicted for adultry.

you can count the number of criminals in US but how about state sponsered murder of Nawab Bugti? Was there an uproar in Paksitan against the heinous act.

You may be aware how many people are against bush policy in Iraq due to the unneccessary bloodshed it has caused. Can you claim that for Pak that there are even a handful of people how are against Osama and what he stands for ? Why can't you fix your countries rather than rant about other countries ?

They can publish such reports in US and don't feel threatened, but can you do the same in Pak, Iran, Iraq or Saudi ? You can be sure of loosing your life there ?

Chan, United Kingdom - 25 December, 2006

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