Ibrahim Jafari, a Shiite politician and former exile who battled
Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship,
was named prime minister of Iraq Thursday.
I guess it’s time for another great celebration – and another round
of articles proclaiming that George Bush was right all along, that
he’s brought democracy to Iraq, and that it was worth the cost (without
mentioning that the cost was tens of thousands of human lives snuffed
Perhaps we were wrong to celebrate the final and total victory when
the new Iraqi Parliament began its meetings (and
resorted to shouting matches) – or just because an
election was held on January 31 – or when "sovereignty"
was turned over to the interim Iraqi government – or when Saddam
Hussein was captured – or when
George Bush swaggered on the aircraft carrier and announced
that "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended" – or
when Saddam’s statue was toppled (by
U.S. marines and Iraqi quislings, as it turned out) – or when
But this time we know Iraq is finally liberated and free. And now
no one could possibly believe that George Bush wasn’t absolutely
right in killing thousands of people to bring us to this moment.