[eDebate] iraq in a very sad state of affairs
Sun Jul 27 00:38:58 CDT 2003
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while some contend otherwise, it's not just my over-actice imagination
that's creating horrible conditions for much of the iraqi public. as i
eluded to in an earlier post, conditions have been so bad that some iraqis
have lamented the removal from power of saddam hussein and long for his
Excerpts from a July 26 Reuters report --
?Iraqis crowded round newspaper stalls in Baghdad for a first look at
gruesome pictures of Odai and Qusai Hussein under banner headlines
proclaiming their death.
But hardly anyone bought a paper, a testament to the poverty of most
Iraqis after years of war, dictatorship and sanctions.
?We?ve got to thank the Americans for killing Odai and Qusai, but
where is the electricity and water they promised us?? taxi driver Abdel
Latif Fazzaa asked.
?Getting Saddam and his sons is good for them, but it?s done little to
better our lives.?
?talk soon turned to the power, water and security lapses that frustrate
Iraqis living under a U.S.-led administration.
?newspaper seller Zeidan Hatem said he only caught a few minutes of the
footage of Odai and Qusai?s reconstructed faces on an Arabic satellite
channel in a nearby cafe before the electricity cut. Satellite television,
banned under Saddam, remains a luxury to most Iraqis dogged by unemployment
and meager wages.
?It?s them for sure, but it would have been nice if we could have been
able to see them for a bit longer,? he said. ?We?ve not had power in my
house for days now and the food in the fridge has already gone bad.? [I?m
not sure even fancy new ?foreign? refrigerators could do anything about
Iraq?s infrastructure, which was already failing under 12 years of
U.N. sanctions and neglect, was damaged during the U.S.-led war and the
rampant looting that followed.
Gunbattles still ring out in the capital at night and rare is the
Iraqi who does not have a horror story to tell about life after Saddam. Some
say the Americans are doing such a shoddy job that they long for their
deposed leader to return.
Two men shoveling sand at a building site said they had only heard
about Odai and Qusai?s death in a U.S. raid on Tuesday from their friends,
but did not have the time or the resources to read newspapers of watch the
?Some people say the bodies look like Odai and Qusai and others say
they don?t,? one sweat-drenched laborer said. ?If they really are dead, God
will deal with them, but who will deal with us??
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