By Edmond Y. Azadian
The Middle East is a tinderbox ready for a conflagration when hit by any spark. The Bush-Cheney administration not only failed to avoid triggering that spark but it deliberately and recklessly began a war against Iraq which continues to be a bloodbath to this day. We have yet to see the day Mr. Cheney’s prediction comes true — that Iraqi people would embrace the aggressors with flowers.
All in all, the war initiated on a lie by the above-named warmongers, murdered more civilians than the dictator Saddam Hussein could have ever slain.
Additionally, that war cost the lives of 4,500 young Americans, besides the 50,000 injured and maimed veterans, suffering from physical and mental ailments who have become dependent on US taxpayers for a living.
The war in Iraq cost $3 trillion, bringing the US economy to its knees.
The war hatched by Paul Wolfowitz and his neocon allies was waged primarily to eliminate a threat to Israel. Saddam Hussein had not threatened — nor was he in the position to threaten — the US.