Monday, April 3, 2006

Where's that 'good news'?

Iraq is becoming a country that America should be ashamed to support, let alone occupy. The nation as a whole is sliding closer to open civil war. In its capital, thugs kidnap and torture innocent civilians with impunity, then murder them for their religious beliefs. The rights of women are evaporating. The head of the government is the ally of a radical anti-American cleric who leads a powerful private militia that is behind much of the sectarian terror.


Can you smell the freedom? Can you see the democracy happening?


It was chilling to read Edward Wong's interview with the Iraqi prime minister in The Times last week, during which Mr. Jaafari sat in the palace where he now makes his home, complained about the Americans and predicted that the sectarian militias that are currently terrorizing Iraqi civilians could be incorporated into the army and police. The stories about innocent homeowners and storekeepers who are dragged from their screaming families and killed by those same militias are heartbreaking, as is the thought that the United States, in its hubris, helped bring all this to pass.


Too bad the Times couldn't put out an editorial like this before the '04 Elections. That damned liberal media.

Good thing we tossed Saddam out though, wasn't it? I mean things are so much better, right? Look at all the shit we're doing over there:

BAGHDAD -- A reconstruction contract for the building of 142 primary health centers across Iraq is running out of money, after two years and roughly $200 million, with no more than 20 clinics now expected to be completed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says.


We sure live up to our promises. At this point, how anyone can support what we're doing in Iraq is beyond me.

Great thanks to Maru for the NYT link and memeorandum for the WaPo link.

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