At last…the world is free of George Bush….at last
Barack Obama has won the American presidential election. He has won 338 electoral votes by the time this post was written. The winner needs 270 in total, which shows that Obama is likely to win with a significant majority.
George Bush will be in power until 20 January, when the new president will be sworn into office.
The world can only hope that Bush will not inflict more damage between now and the 20 January.
It is disturbing to note that American forces have attacked targets within Pakistan and Syria, with little regard for the sovereignty of these countries. The Pakistani’s have been trying to tell the Americans that attacks like these will have an adverse effect on the War on Terror, to no avail.
Obama has some serious challenges facing him. Bush has left him a financial crises that took eight years of bad decisions to create and a foreign policy that has caused America to become hated around the world at worst and with no respect at best.
The War on Terror was ill conceived from the start and played into the Islamic extremists hands all along. A war being fought in Afghanistan has never been won by an imperial force, going back to the British invasion in the early 1900’s and the Russian invasion in the 1970’s.
Iraq will erupt into a civil war once the Americans leave. Obama has stated that he will withdraw American forces from Iraq. What George Bush did not realize or failed to acknowledge was that Saddam Hussein was actually keeping an extremely splintered country intact, albeit with heavy handed tactics.
Saddam did not have the time or resources like weapons of mass destruction, to have been a threat to the West, despite the lies told by Bush and his cronies. Right up until the American invasion of Iraq, Saddam genuinely believed that the attack would never happen. After all, even the United Nations weapons inspectors had gone on record saying there was no evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The lack of preparedness of the Iraq army bears testament to this. The indecent haste with which Saddam was executed was bizarre and could even be regarded as a war crime, but probably never will. Did Saddam do anything worse that what Robert Mugabe has done in Zimbabwe?
Obama will have to stem the tide of militancy from the Islamic people, who rightfully regard America as being an imperial invader. The only way out for Obama is to withdraw from the Middle East and try help with the reconstruction of the countries ruined by the Bush doctrine.
And that is the easy part of his job. The financial crises which has been caused by poor fiscal policies by the Bush regime has affected the entire world and could prove to be even harder to fix than the damage caused by the War on Terror.
The world can breathe a collective sigh of relief that Obama has won the election and thank Americans for doing the right thing and voting for a president who will hopefully rectify the many mistakes that have been made by America over the past eight years.
It is time for America to rise up and become a force for good in the world.