northern Iraq voice reluctance to go under US |
Bashmaq and Dezli Border, Kurdestan Prov, April 3, IRNA -- A number of
Suleymaniah citizens in the Bashmaq border area of this province
voiced on Thursday their reluctance to US rule despite what they said
was their dislike for Saddam Hussein.
An Iraqi businessmen who frequents the Bashmaq border market in
Iran told IRNA that his countrymen are calling for a government that
will be elected by the people from all walks of life.
Meanwhile, a businessman from Penjwin asked: "If the United States
really intends to set up a democracy in Iraq, why is it recklessly
resorting to violent methods to impose its will on the oppressed
Iraqi women and children?"
"Both Saddam Hussein and the United States are guilty of arrogance
in the way they have dealt with the Iraqi nation over the past many
years in order to secure their own interests," he added.
The Iraqi businessman expressed his hatred at the United States
while also obviously harboring disdain for Saddam.
Another trader from Suleymaniah said that the post-Saddam regime
in Iraq should be one elected by popular will with all tribes and
parties in participation.
"If the United States and Britain are real advocates of
democratic rule in Iraq, why have they been so arrogant towards Iraqi
the people all these past years?" he added.
The Iraqi trader said he looked forward to one day seeing a safe
and peaceful Iraq, but noted that those who openly call for democracy
in the country are just concerned with their own interests.
"Iran has always extended its assistance to the oppressed Iraqi
people despite the heavy damage inflicted on it by Saddam Hussein and
the United States and, for this, we owe a great deal to this
neighboring country," he sincerely said.
Another businessman from the Iraqi city of Biareh said that
Saddam is a dictator, but that the Iraqi people will not let any
country impose a government not of their choice on them.
Lauding Iran's humanitarian relief aid, he said he wished that he
were an Iranian and could enjoy its peace and tranquility.
"I look forward to the day peace and security will rule in my own
homeland," he said with nostalgia.
The distribution of humanitarian food supplies to residents of
the Bashmaq border market, in the city of Marivan, has gathered pace
since the outbreak of the US-led war on Iraq.