Excellent Assessment on Iraq from the Iraq’s Patriarch

by Steve Ray on July 1, 2014

Interview with Patriarch Sako with Zenit.org where you can read the whole excellent interview.

Q: There are calls for American intervention to stop the advance of ISIS. What do you think?

Patriarch Sako: No. I don’t view it like that. The Americans have been here and they made a lot of mistakes. The current situation is their fault. Why replace a regime by something even worse? This is what happened after 2003. The Americans deposed a dictator. But under Saddam Hussein at least we had security and work.

And what do we have now? Confusion, anarchy and chaos. The same thing has happened in Libya and Syria. If you want to change the situation here you have to educate the people in the schools, media and mosques in matters of freedom, democracy and the construction of their own country.

It is impossible to install a democracy on the Western pattern here. Under the old regime prior to 2003 we had no denominational problems. We were all Iraqis. Now we talk about Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Arabs and Kurds.”

Q: But wasn’t it only like that because Saddam held the different groups together with an iron fist?

Patriarch Sako: Perhaps in the present context we need in the Middle East a strong leader who is at the same time just and not only looking out for his family or tribe.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom Govern July 1, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Although I loved the guy, this was one of Bush’s mistakes. His move was probably based on available intelligence but it was still a mistake. The problem is that we do not really know who the good guys and bad guys are. Maybe we will never know. Even if we did know, there is no good way of getting help to the right people. Too bad 4500 Americans lost their life for this result. I think that it is too late for Patriarch Sako’s strong leader. Cut our loses, stay out and pray for all involved. Most importantly, stand squarely behind Israel who is our only friend in the region.


Christopher Forte July 7, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Unlike Iraqis like Patriarch Sako, respectfully, I could never live under the authoritarian and centralized rule of one man, of a dictator, “just,” or not. “I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery.” Replacing one tyrant with another is not the answer. However, I am humble enough to admit I don’t have the answer to this: direct American military intervention may only exacerbate the problem, while discreetly arming and training the opposition to ISIS, if there is any, (and the “right” opposition, since, as Tom Govern pointed out, knowing who the good guys are may be impossible), may also be questionable.

Austin September 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

While I might agree that going in 2003 was a mistake, I certainly don’t agree that not going in now will be the answer. We need to bring troops now in order to stop ISIS for they are a threat to us and they are killing Christians. It would be a mistake to not invade.

STEVE RAY HERE: I agree completely!

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