A page difficult to turn over

Announcing the formal end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, Obama described the Iraq war as “a remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq,” but the point of his TV address to Americans from the Oval Office is that — “Now it is time to turn the page” on the Iraq war.

Then what kind of page it is like?

More than seven years ago, on March 20, 2003, the U.S. launched a military invasion of Iraq, alleging that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. allegations turned out to be a lie and completely unfounded.

In the past seven and a half years, to average people in different parts of the world, barely a day has passed without TV footage showing bombings, attacks, kidnappings and killings in Iraq. When Obama asserts that “We have met our responsibility,” he may need to be reminded that what the U.S. has left the Iraqi people is a country plagued by political and social chaos, economic ruin and mass impoverishment.

What’s more, there is a more pressing question hangs over the country: Is it possible that this page will be turned? No. Their tragedy persists. Ordinary people in Iraq will still have to live with a political impasse that is hard to break, and sectarian violence and terrorist attacks which are almost a daily occurrence. Even for the U.S. troops who are eagerly expecting a “triumphal” return home, they are in a dilemma as to whether they can just pack off and go, as about 50,000 U.S. soldiers will be left behind. According to latest news reports, even after the Dec. 31, 2011, the final withdrawal date for all U.S. military forces in Iraq, the U.S. will still maintain a long-term military presence in Iraq, the oil rich country which is also strategically important.

Read more: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/indepth/2010-09/05/c_13479599.htm

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