x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Spoils of victory courtesy of the US

A reader says you can't opine about Iraq without talking about its occupation.

I refer to the opinion piece Iraq protests show a democracy hijacked by '100 mini-Saddams' (February 27). This article discussed Iraq's rampant corruption and the cronyism of its elite with not a single mention of the eight years of American occupation - simply breathtaking.

"Since 2003, Iraqi politicians have been treating the state like the spoils of the victory against the Saddam regime," the author writes.

Exactly - since the invasion of 2003. And just how much money has been handed out by America?

PB, Dubai