This month is the 25th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the US's devastating Operation Desert Storm. Iraq was then subjected to crippling UN sanctions for 13 years, before American forces delivered the coup de grace in 2003.
The rest, as they say, is history.
To mark the occasion, Radio National's Fran Kelly interviewed Anas Altikriti of the Cordoba Foundation on 7/8/15. When invited by her to compare the Iraq of today with that of 25 years ago, Altikriti answered:
"Iraq 25 years ago [was] ruled by a brutal, miserable dictator and a regime which was inhumane, but in comparison with what the Iraqi people have today, they look back on those days with dewy eyes and fondness to be perfectly honest."
Lest we forget.