Post Saddam Iraq
Hat Tip to The Left End of the Dial for leading us to this succinct summary of how wonderful it is in Iraq now that we have spent 223 billion dollars (and counting), maimed tens of thousands of American soldiers, killed tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens and over 2,000 young American men and women.
Flogging the Simian @ WeBlog.ro: At least we got rid of Saddam: Maybe it's time for a chart:
Iraq Under Saddam Iraq Today Torture? Yes Yes Illegal detentions? Yes Yes Ba'athist thugs in power? Yes Yes Rigged elections? Yes Yes Censorship of media? Yes Yes Use of chemical weapons against civilians? Yes No* Functioning economy? Yes No Religious fundamentalism including sha'ria law? No Yes Repression of women's rights? No Yes Functioning basic services like water, electricity? Yes No Exporting oil to earn revenue? Yes Somewhat Engaged in war with neighboring states? Yes No Home base for terrorism and Al-Qaeda? No Yes Children dying of malnutrition and dehydration? Yes Yes Americans and British being killed? No Yes
Well it looks like except for engaging in a war with its neighbors, the new Iraqi government is actually worse than under Saddam. Whoever wanted that to happen?
I put an asterisk next to "NO" for the current government using chemical weapons against civilians. As far as I know only the American military has done that in Iraq.
While everyone hopes that next month or next year or in the next decade that things are better under non-Saddam rule, so far it's hard to see how anything's improved whatsoever for the Iraq people.