Ten Years After Iraq Invasion, A Refugee Reflects

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Iraq, Photo by Michael Kamber (Courtesy of Michael Kamber)

More than 50 people were killed and roughly 200 wounded from a suicide bombing in Baghdad Tuesday.  The attack falls on the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.

Iraqi Alaa Majeed remembers the day the war came to Baghdad ten years ago but much more vividly she remembers the day she decided to leave Iraq for good in early 2007.

Guests:

Alaa Majeed

Produced by:

Cassie Jones

Comments [5]

Andrea Karim from Bothell, WA

Actually, <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/11/02/saddam.exile/">Saddam did agree to the possibility of leaving Iraq</a>, but Bush and his cronies wanted war so badly that they pretended not to notice.

The Iraq War was 100% the fault of the lying US Administration (and their war-profiteering buddies like Halliburton) and the public, including idiot Americans and allies who were too willing to support such an endeavour. Those of us who protested the idea were shouted down as "unAmerican". And now hundreds of thousands of people are dead, for NO GOOD REASON.

Saddam was a monster, but if we hadn't gone into Iraq, hundreds of thousands of lives would have been saved.

Mar. 19 2013 07:59 PM
Anu from Toronto

how can she not blame the Iraqi's themselves for at least some of the violence in the recent years? Yes, America is responsible for starting the war, but are the suicide bombers not Iraqi? Please, somebody correct me if my perceptions are skewed.

Mar. 19 2013 03:21 PM
Lynne from New York City

I wish she had been asked why living in New York for her and her boys was so terrible.
Thanks.

Mar. 19 2013 03:18 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Many people, both Americans and Iraqis have suffered and still do because of The Iraq War. Stabilizing that entire region seems so hopeless.
A chain reaction of despair has begun because of that war, and the chains clang against each other and then each link flies off in different directions till one hits us here in the States.

Mar. 19 2013 02:05 PM
listener

Saddam Hussein takes a distant third in the blame for Iraq and the US is first?
Asking what should have Saddam Hussein done better is as fatuous as asking what should have Hitler done better.

How ironic that she prefers BERLIN of all places. What was Berlin like after the war and what is it like today?
What was New York like during the Civil War era as we approach the 150th anniversary if the New York Draft Riots?

This is a mixture of moral bankruptcy and historical ignorance.
Of course the progressive media which is heavily invested in decrying the Iraq War while celebrating the Arab Spring which sprang from Iraq must welcome reactions like this.

Mar. 19 2013 12:04 PM

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