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After 19 years... a "shy" popular recollection of Saddam's fall
Saturday, April 9, 2022 11:16 PM
National News Center / Special
On this day, 19 years ago, Iraqis recall the scenes of the US forces entering the Iraqi governorates from Basra and into the heart of the capital, Baghdad, on the ninth of April 2003, after about 3 weeks of heavy bombardment.
After 19 years,
but this memory began to lose its luster year after year, as the citizen Zaid Muhammad from Basra, southern Iraq, who was only 18 years old at the time, said to the “National News Center,” “I used to live with my family in the areas near the railway tracks.”
In the first days, we began to feel that the missiles that targeted the airport are falling on us, a frightening feeling, but full of light happiness because we thought that this was the end of the destruction and fear.”
He goes on for a bit and continues, "Now this happiness has ended after the huge number of crises and problems, high prices and many political rivalries in which we lost the sense of our importance to politicians."
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The "National News Center" conducted an opinion poll among more than 400 people of both sexes, the participating ages were between 20 and 63 years old, the main question was how do you remember the date of this day from 2003, and the responses were as follows:
(50 percent of the participants saw that the year This is a real diversion in the lives of Iraqis, and that they can actually find light at the end of the tunnel, and that they got rid of the consequences of a tyrannical, dictatorial regime in the truest sense of the word, while
12 percent refrained from responding, and the rest of the percentage saw that the conditions of the Iraqis from one deterioration to another and that getting rid of the former regime did not come with the results they were hoping for.”
, professor of political sciences at Dhi Qar University, Najm Al-Ghazi, told the National News Center, “People are between two differences in the first opinion and it relates to the nature of Iraqis’ expectations of regime change. To the belief that change was impossible, so the change was like an unexpected surprise, and there was widespread acceptance and welcome that accompanied great hope for a change in the political system.
Al-Ghazi went on to say, "The Iraqis were disappointed by the political system that followed the fall of the regime, so the disappointment came after everyone expected a political system that would achieve justice."
The other thing is “the emergence of a new generation of young people who do not feel the negative aspects of the previous regime, and they are more preoccupied with improving their lives than thinking about what the Saddamist regime has ever done.”