Four years on...

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WHAT HAP­PENED IT’S NOW FOUR YEARS since the US in­vaded Iraq and news­pa­pers are won­der­ing whether the gi­ant statue of Sad­dam Hus­sein, which was pulled down in Bagh­dad, would not per­haps still have been stand­ing if res­i­dents had known where it would all lead. Latest oc­cur­rences in­cluded thou­sands of Shi­ites gath­er­ing in Na­jaf to de­mand the US’s with­drawal and an­other sui­cide bomb in Mah­mudija, south of Bagh­dad.

WHAT OTH­ERS SAID BEELD said that 3 000 US sol­diers – and even more Iraqis – have al­ready died and that peo­ple are in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing the US’s with­drawal. Iraq is a les­son for any coun­try con­sid­er­ing mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in an­other coun­try, the pa­per re­ported. Die Burger said the in­va­sion showed to­tal ig­no­rance and there was no good choice for the US: to re­main would worsen the prob­lem; to with­draw would cause Iraq to col­lapse into chaos.

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