There are happy pictures in Baghdad today. It would be inhuman not to react with joy to people who are overjoyed at a terrible regime being overthrown. I know that this war has made me more aware of human rights and suffering than before. However, one thing about it makes me sad at the same time as glad.
I know that the main reason we are in Iraq is to secure our national interests. If you are pro-war, this probably means eliminating the threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction that saddam allegedly presents. If you are anti-war, that probably means we are there to ensure access to Iraq's oil reserves.
Much as I would like to believe it, it is not because of human rights violations committed by Saddam's regime. Iraq has suffered for many years under saddam's repressive regime. Saddam used chemical weapons on thousands of Iranians during the war with Iran as well as on Kurdish civilians later.
While the world is rejoicing at the scenes of joy in Baghdad, let us not forget that over a thousand people were massacred in the Congo last week. Let us not forget the women in Afghanistan, whose rights are becoming repressed again especially in certain areas of the country. Let us not forget that, unfortunately, there are many many countries who are committing egregious human rights violations around the world as we speak.
Let's use the joy that we see in the faces of the Iraqi people, whether pro or antiwar, to encourage greater human rights worldwide.