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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:01 PM
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they brought electricity to my ass before they brought it to my house
What the hell is the U.S. doing in Iraq?
Do you think we should remain there because "we have to finish the job now that bush started it" ?????????
Why does the Democratic Party call for continued war there?
Do you agree with Dr. Dean's position that we can't leave Iraq now?

Please read this article ... we are committing genocide there ... we are slaughtering civilians everyday ... these are not just "lefty peacenik words" ... we are wiping out entire cities ... we are poisoning the countryside ... the water supplies are toxic ... disease is everywhere ... children are dying in ways too horrible to imagine ... when will enough be enough ??? clearly the U.S. military will never bring either democracy or peace to that troubled country ...

I cannot understand how the Democratic Party holds the position it does!!! perhaps it really is time for me to leave ...



Iraqis were then already bitter, confused, and existing amid a desolation that came from myriads of Bush administration broken promises. Quite literally every liberated Iraqi I've gotten to know from my earliest days in the country has either had a family member or a friend killed by U.S. soldiers or from the effects of the war/occupation. These include such everyday facts of life as not having enough money for food or fuel due to massive unemployment and soaring energy prices, or any of the countless other horrors caused by the aforementioned. The broken promises, broken infrastructure, and broken cities of Iraq were plainly visible in those early months of 2004 -- and the sad thing is that the devastation I saw then has only grown worse since. The life Iraqis were living a year ago, horrendous as it was, was but a prelude to what was to come under the U.S. occupation. The warning signs were clear from a shattered infrastructure, to all the torturing, to a burgeoning, violent resistance.


In December 2003, for instance, a man in Baghdad, speaking of the Abu Ghraib atrocities, said to me, "Why do they use these actions? Even Saddam Hussein did not do that! This is not good behavior. They are not coming to liberate Iraq!" And by then the bleak jokes of the beleaguered had already begun to circulate. In the dark humor that has become so popular in Baghdad these days, one recently released Abu Ghraib detainee I interviewed said, "The Americans brought electricity to my ass before they brought it to my house!"


He spoke of large numbers of people coming down with the usual list of diseases. "Bechtel," he told me, "is spending all of their money without any studies. Bechtel is painting buildings, but this doesn't give clean water to the people who have died from drinking contaminated water. We ask of them that instead of painting buildings, they give us one water pump and we'll use it to give water service to more people. We have had no change since the Americans came here. We know Bechtel is wasting money, but we can't prove it."


Then there is Fallujah, a city three-quarters of which has by now been bombed or shelled into rubble, a city in whose ruins fighting continues even while most of its residents have yet to be allowed to return to their homes (many of which no longer exist). The atrocities committed there in the last month or so are, in many ways, similar to those observed during the failed U.S. Marine siege of the city last April, though on a far grander scale. This time, in addition, reports from families inside the city, along with photographic evidence, point toward the U.S. military's use of chemical and phosphorous weapons as well as cluster bombs there. The few residents allowed to return in the final week of 2004 were handed military-produced leaflets instructing them not to eat any food from inside the city, nor to drink the water.

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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:14 PM
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1. But fresh paint is easier to show than clean water in PR photo-ops with
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:20 PM
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2. gee, that's kind of cynical ...
don't you believe a comprehensive beautification program is job #1 ???

where are your priorities ???
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Buck_Fush Donating Member (83 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 08:15 AM
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3. I totally agree. It looks like the democratic party is now a wholey owned
subsidiary of the republican party. We never had any business in Iraq, and if it was about Saddam, (which it wasn't), why are we still there killing a year after Saddam was captured? We should pull out today, yes today, we are not cleaning anything up, we are making it worse by the moment. It's all a lie, and the need to stay even another day is just a spin off lie.
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