Why the World Sees the War Differently

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

We are constantly bombarded with images and pictures of the war in Iraq. But they are generally from the u-s point of view. People from other countries see things from a different perspective.

"We are talking about a big loss in this war," says Jordanian student Raghda Quandour. "Something a little more global. And I think this is why the people all over the world are angry."

Raghda Quandour is a grad student at EMU studying conflict transformation. She is here on a Fulbright scholarship from the state department. Quandour says there are other ways to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

"I believe we have reached a point in our civilization that we can topple leaderships that are bad without reverting to mass punishment," says Quandour.

Quandour says historically, the Iraqis have always overthrown governments that didn't serve their needs. But 12 years of us sanctions have made them "more" dependent on Hussein.

"What the sanctions did is that the people were left out of politics because they really were looking for their everyday food and they were struggling," states Quandour.

Quandour says by placing more hardship on the people, it only fosters resentment towards the American government.

"The leadership comes and goes, but the continuity of the population, the rhythm of development...this is what has been hurt in Iraq," she explains.

That leads to more fundamentalism and terrorism, the opposite of what the US wants.

"They have to think 20 years ahead," says Quandour. "Think of history. What is America going to look like in the history books for the coming generation? It's going to look like the big bully."

Quandour says Muslims don't hate the American people. They are not fond of our government. And she warns that the choices we make as U.S. citizens along those lines affects how the world sees us.


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