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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:50 AM
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Iraq - The Devastation
Iraq - The Devastation
by Dahr Jamail


The devastation of Iraq? Where do I start? After working 7 of the last 12 months in Iraq, I'm still overwhelmed by even the thought of trying to describe this.

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Then, as now, for Iraqis, our invasion and occupation was a case of liberation from -- from human rights (think: the atrocities committed in Abu Ghraib which are still occurring daily there and elsewhere); liberation from functioning infrastructure (think: the malfunctioning electric system, the many-mile long gas lines, the raw sewage in the streets); liberation from an entire city to live in (think: Fallujah, most of which has by now been flattened by aerial bombardment and other means). Iraqis were then already bitter, confused, and existing amid a desolation that came from myriads of Bush administration broken promises.

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In the car, as we drove quickly along a Baghdad highway directly into a full moon, Abu Talat and I were silent. Finally, he asked, "Can you say any words? Do you have any words?" I had none. None at all.

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Despite a media blackout in the aftermath of the recent assault on Fallujah, stories of dogs eating bodies in the streets of the city and of destroyed mosques have spread across Iraq like wildfire; and reports like these only underscore what most people in Iraq now believe -- that the liberators have become no more than brutal imperialist occupiers of their country. And then the resistance grows yet stronger.

http://www.progressivetrail.org/articles/050107Jamail.s...

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:52 AM
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1. did the PENT actually think pics would not come out!!


....And then the resistance grows yet stronger....
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