June 30, 2009 by billie789
You know, come, look around, camp for a few years, spend a lot of cash, shoot some of the local fauna and then, please leave.
Scene in Baghdad this morning
But what about all the good work we’ve accomplished in 6 short years and still need to finish? The rhetorical band-aids we put on gaping flesh wounds, the schools we blew up and rebuilt, the bridges and highways and power plants that were destroyed and never rebuilt even though American contractors received millions and millions to do the work. Baghdad has fewer hours of electric power each day now than it did before we “liberated” the Iraqis.
“Iraq, where 2.5 million people have fled the country as refugees, lost a large part of its population in the fighting, its intellectual richness with the death of over 400 Iraqi academics and its social diversity with the collapse of sanitation infrastructure.
The infrastructure of Iraq has been devastated since the occupation started six years ago. Although Iraq is rich in oil resources, oil prices increased by 2000 percent in a year and people have to wait in miles-long lines for hours to get a gallon of fuel. In fact, the Iraqi economy had started to decline after the economic embargo imposed between 1991 and 2003. And the 2003 invasion stroke the deadly blow to the economy.
Fuel shortages in Iraq, a country with rich oil resources, indicate that economic plans are not working, not to mention the political instability. The Iraqi economy is being structured to finance the ongoing war, to pay reparations of the war and to meet expenses of occupying forces. Iraq was producing two million barrel per day (bpd) prior to the war, while it is producing 500,000 bpd now.
Official figures put the number of the unemployed at 30 percent, while independent sources say unemployment is about 50 percent. Lack of surges in prices of basic foodstuff and foreign food aid have so far prevented hunger outbreaks. Production has almost halted and there is no investment. Even the capital Baghdad receives power for only six hours a day.
Today in Baghdad…at least they look snappy in the outfits we bought for them.
Children are the prime victims of the occupation. Six years on, the Iraqi children are not celebrating the end of Saddam’s despotic regime. One and half million Iraqi children were made refugees, 11 percent became workers and 33 percent dropped out of the education system over the last five years. The number of children made orphan by the occupation has reached five million and the number of women made widow to one million. There has been a substantial increase in the number of woman deaths and suicides, while chaos and authority vacuum have caused a huge increase in honor killings. In short, social breakup has caused huge destruction and instability in Iraq that cannot be reconstructed in five decades.” *
So, now comes the day when our troops pulls out of Iraq’s cities and fade to the sidelines while Iraqi’s step up. What about ” all the good work our troops did?” No “thank you” parades, no awards ceremonies, no keys to the city, no streets named after American politicians or military leaders.
If I didn’t know better, I’d say these people are ungrateful! After all, we were supposed to be greeted as liberators and now look at them!
Glad to see us go, for some reason.
*source=İHH İnsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri İnsani Yardım Vakfı (Turkish Humanitarian organization).