Saturday, December 30, 2006

Another Benefit of "Regime Change"

BAGHDAD NYT Dec. 29 — Along with its many other desperate problems, Iraq is in the midst of a housing crisis that is worsening by the day.
It began right after the toppling of Saddam Hussein, when many landlords took advantage of the removal of his economic controls and raised rents substantially, forcing out thousands of families who took shelter in abandoned government buildings and military bases. As the chaos in Iraq grew and the ranks of the jobless swelled, even more Iraqis migrated to squalid squatter encampments. Still others constructed crude shantytowns on empty plots where conditions were even worse.
Now, after more than 10 months of brutal sectarian reprisals, many more Iraqis have fled their neighborhoods, only to wind up often in places that are just as wretched in other ways. While 1.8 million Iraqis are living outside the country, 1.6 million more have been displaced within Iraq since the war began. Since February, about 50,000 per month have moved within the country.
Shelter is their most pressing need, aid organizations say. Some have been able to occupy homes left by members of the opposing sect or group; others have not been so fortunate. The longer the violence persists, the more Iraqis are running out of money and options.
Shatha Talib, 30, her husband and five children, are among about a thousand struggling Iraqi families that have taken up residence in the bombed-out remains of the former Iraqi Air Defense headquarters and air force club in the center of Baghdad. “Nobody should live in such a place,” she said. “But we don’t have any other option.”


Even the Associated Press admitted that Hussein, murdered this morning by the U.S. and its toadies, "built Iraq into a one of the Arab world's most modern societies." "Iraqis, once among the region's most prosperous, were impoverished" by U.S. imposed sanctions and war making.


But a U.S. soldier in Iraq fully appreciates the situation: "First it was weapons of mass destruction. Then when there were none, it was that we had to find Saddam. We did that, but then it was that we had to put him on trial," said Spc. Thomas Sheck, 25, who is on his second tour in Iraq. "So now, what will be the next story they tell us to keep us over here?"


A sneaky bit of propaganda by the AP: "VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI received a letter Wednesday from Iran's hard-line president about the recent U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions against Tehran for refusing to compromise on its nuclear program." "HARD-LINE president"? Is that part of the news or a beat of the war drums?


Nabila Harb said...

One of the more depressing aspects of this entry is the fact that Thomas Sheck, albeit evidently quite aware of the hypocrisy and crimes of the U.S., is willing to serve a SECOND TOUR in Iraq!

I daresay that the puppet government in Iraq as well as its U.S./Zionist masters will find Saddam Hussein as strong in death as he was in life.

Yves said...

It is however good to hear that the Prime Minister of Iraq is fed up with his job, and wishes he never took it on. My heart warms to the man from this.