This story is rather interesting. I think the title could have been better-phrased. Afterall, I’m not quite sure that “No One Likes Americans” is actually what was being said here; only that it’s not believed Americans should have crossed the ocean and been a major part of a coalition to “straighten out Iraq”. No one likes the Coalition Forces which are predominantly American, according to the Iranian president. It’s his opinion. He’s entitled. But the media are hoping to get your attention with the lovely title.
On a philosophical level, what I wonder is whether or not, in the end, this war will go down in the history books as a good or bad thing. It’s not that I don’t believe Hussein was a tyrant. It’s that, if you take matters into your hands and elect to do the thing which seems right, based on whatever ideals you have onhand at the moment (I’m not arguing one side over the other, mind you), how do you guarantee that the end result will be desirable.
Maybe a guarantee is too much to ask. Maybe it is a hope. Should we hope that Iraq will be a better place to live with a government they can live with ten years from now? And the big question… was it up to us? I’m not siding. I’m just looking at the big picture.
I think it’s beneficial, however, to sit on the sidelines and not throw a fit about who Iraq has diplomatic relations with.