The war is almost over...The statues of Saddam Hussein have come down, transition government talks are underway and the coalition forces are hailed as heroes who've rescued the people of Iraq from a tryrant who's ruled the country for 35 years... But who's voice is this? The media's indeed...everything we know about the war is through the media's eyes...the deaths of civilians or the real situation at the ground that are underplayed will almost always be a "u needed to be here to see for yourself" mystery.. But Where does Africa fit into this whole picture? Its no secret that President George W. Bush approached South African President Thabo Mbeki for support in his plans to go to war against Iraq, and surely, being a country that knows what oppression is, it should have only made sense that south africa the efforts of President Bush, but we didn't. U see, I believe that South Africans could have achieved "freedom and liberation" years ago if country's like America had come to our "rescue" from the oppressive apartheid regime. But they didn't. Why? one could argue that we don't have any mineral wealth they're after, but on the other hand, South African could have never claimed the victory of our liberation struggle as our own if we'd allowed other countries to fix in a month or two, damage that has been done over hundreds of years. When Nelson Mandela was released from Jail and south african-south african talks began, the world looked at us, marvelling at the changes taking place, and finally celebrating with us when we went to our first democratic elections in 1994. The people of Iraq should have been given the same opportunity to fight the oppression and struggle from within to free themselves. But they were never given that chance. We don't know why its taken so long for them to liberate themselves, but it sure is something we will never know because of imperialism that has come and robbed them of that chance of calling their liberation their own... Countries like Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, the DRC, Rwanda, all war torn countries for years, are finally starting to come to peace and democracy through PEACE talks and other negotiations between role players...peace can never be attained by war, no matter what the justification...President Bush along with British Prime minister Tony Blair have send out the message that they are doing this for the iraqi people...but where is the iraqi voice?