By Edmond Y. Azadian
Iran’s nuclear deal brought a sigh of relief in some quarters and set off battle drums in others.
The sigh of relief for now is confined mostly to the Middle East and the Caucasus, where the prospect of a new war had been looming for a long time. The drumbeats are emanating from Israel and those rallying around it in the US Congress. Seldom has the US Congress witnessed such bipartisan unity against the chief executive; both Democrats and Republicans are riled up against President Obama, who has dared to risk the ire of Prime Minister Netanyahu and proceeded with the negotiations to achieve the Iran deal.
The US public is weary of endless wars and bloodshed without any particular benefit for the country. Recently, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush conceded that the Iraq war was a mistake. Of all the people, even former President George Bush apologized to the American people for his misguided policy in Iraq, where 4,500 young men and women in uniform lost their lives and more than 50,000 returned shattered either physically, mentally or both. A recent Veterans Administration report noted that on average, every day 20 suicides are committed by Vietnam and Iraq war veterans. Therefore, the carnage is continuing, not on hostile battlefields, but at home. President Bush’s belated apology for the Iraq misadventure, like President Clinton’s apology for inaction in the face of the Rwandan Genocide, will sound hollow to the victims of the atrocities.
The only people who were happy with those bloodbaths were the arms manufacturers and merchants, led by Vice President Dick Cheney, who to this day is still waiting for the “thankful” Iraqi people to come up with flowers and greet him for his monumental blunder.
The stated purposes of these wars was to bring democracy and peace to the region. If the bloodbaths in Iraq, Libya and Syria look like democracy, we need to find another term for mass atrocities.