Thursday, June 29, 2006
Life In Iraq, 2003 - 2006
Anyone wanting a good idea of whether life for Iraqis has improved since the US-led invasion and occupation should go over to this Iraqi woman's blog. Before the invasion, Riverbend could wear Western clothes while taking the bus by herself to her job as a computer technician. Now, she doesn't have a job, and she doesn't go outside without being covered head to foot and in the company of at least one of her male relatives. In the opening weeks of her blog, Riverbend was able to post nearly every day, and definitely every week. That was because Baghdad still had electricity. Now, Riverbend often goes months (her last post was nearly three weeks ago) without posting because in her Baghdad neighborhood right now, they're lucky if they get twenty minutes of electricity a day. (Let's not even get into the whole running-water issue.) Before the invasion, crime was manageable. Now, criminals rule the streets and, for all intents and purposes, the government, and they slaughter people by the hundreds every day. So somebody please explain to me how the US' invading Iraq has helped the Iraqis? (Besides those named "Chalabi"?)
In the Best of All Possible Middle Easts, Riverbend would be running Iraq right now. And RAWA would be running Afghanistan.
I second that motion.
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