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'Iraqis Who Sweated Out Hussein Are Leaving Under Bush'

By Sherwood Ross


It’s not easy to create a situation where life is better under a dictatorship than in a democracy, but George Bush has succeeded in achieving the impossible by invading Iraq.

At least 40,000 Iraqis have been killed in the past three years, with scores more murdered every day. Hospitals overflow with the wounded. Conditions are so bad, an estimated 1-million Iraqis have fled their homes for sanctuary in Jordan, Syria and Egypt. Iraqis, particularly middle-class families, who survived Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, are leaving en masse. Even Mr. Bush admits things are “terrible” in Baghdad.

According to Washington reporter Bill Blum, author of “Rogue State,”(Common Courage Press) “thousands of Iraqis have lost an arm or a leg, frequently from unexploded U.S. cluster bombs” and the air has been fouled by depleted uranium from U.S. shells, infecting the water, soil, and human genes, causing deformed births.

Iraqi’s chances of ending up in jail may be greater under Bush. Fifty thousand Iraqis have been imprisoned since he invaded, yet “only a very tiny portion of them have been convicted of any crime,” Blum writes. One Bush legacy will be his practice of holding men without charges, lawyers, or trials.

American-backed militias kill, kidnap and torture people at random. According to The New York Times (May 22), “the corruption in Basra had gotten so bad that the 135-member internal affairs unit, set up to police the police, was operating as a ring of extortionists, kidnappers and killers, American and Iraqi officials said.”

Not only do U.S. troops stand accused of atrocities against civilians such as the Marines’ rampage at Haditha last November 19th, but the Pentagon’s own study admitted its Special Operations interrogators torture.

Pentagon “outsourcing” of prisoner “care” also results in abuse. Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, complained some military contractors in Iraq “stand accused of engaging in or supporting human rights violations such as sexual abuse and torture” and have fired at civilians “with devastating consequences.”

Even Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki June 1 denounced the U.S. military for attacks on civilians that have become a “daily phenomenon”. Underscore the word daily.

To add to their misery, every second Iraqi worker is unemployed, prices have soared and annual median incomes quickly tumbled after the invasion from $255 in 2003 to about $144 in 2004. Better off under Bush?

Writing in the June 15, Christian Science Monitor, reporter Peter Grier cites critics who point out “basic services have yet to be restored three years after the US invasion. Oil and electricity production have yet to return to prewar levels.” In fact, Iraq’s oil exports have plummeted in recent months and motorists wait for hours to buy gas. Some 60 percent of clean water produced in Iraq is lost to leakage and contamination, Grier found.

Joe Carr of the Christian Peacemakers Team in Baghdad, (cited by Noam Chomsky in his essay “War Crimes in Iraq,”) says the U.S. in the city of Fallujah “has leveled entire neighborhoods, and about every third building is destroyed or damaged.” Fierce, destructive firefights have raged in other cities as well.

Violence is so commonplace 20 percent of U.S. funds marked for reconstruction go instead to pay security guards. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote half of the $22-billion America earmarked to develop Iraq’s economy has been wasted.

Thousands of Iraqis are dying of their wounds, lack of hospital care, or sickness caused by malnutrition. Jean Ziegler, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, accused Anglo-American forces of “breaching international law by depriving civilians of food and water in besieged cities as they try to flush out militants.” That’s a violation of the Geneva Convention.

“Iraq has become the most dangerous place on earth,” claims reporter Blum. “Civil war, death squads, kidnapping, car bombs, rape, each and every day.” As of September 1, even the Pentagon is admitting Iraq is in a state of chaos.

Is Iraq better off under George Bush than Saddam Hussein? Only the people of Iraq are entitled to answer that question. Given the appalling decline in their living standards, the death toll, the bombings, killings, abductions, crime, torture, civil war, the homes and businesses destroyed, the lack of basic utilities, generalized suffering, and the feeling no one is safe on the streets or in the mosques, Iraqis who sweated out Hussein’s rule are bailing out. They are voting with their feet. Evidently, George Bush has achieved the impossible. His war based on a lie has turned Iraq into a living hell.


http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00054.htm
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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2006, 08:57:45 PM »
Dumbest Thread Ever!  Do you know what Saddam did to people?  I have read a 400page book on the scumbag, you want me to explain some of the stuff he did to people? Its ok to hate Bush, but to compare him to Saddam, is A JOKE
 

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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2006, 09:45:43 PM »
This isn't a question of whether if Bush is better than Saddam, of course thats a ridiculous comparison. The question the article puts forward is life better for the Iraqi people now that he is gone? 
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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2006, 09:52:48 PM »
I am sorry but,

-Testing out your nuclear weapons on your own people
-Torturing parents to death in front of their kids and vice verse
-locked infants in boxes with meat eating animals so they are eaten alive
-numerous torture chambers, where the brutality is unimagineable
-public executions all the time
-placing live humans in lifesize meat grinders, grinding them up to pieces like they are FUCKIN DOJA or something


Please dont compare Bush to Saddam again on any level
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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2006, 09:53:57 PM »
Lol you EDITED the fuck out of your 2nd post, lol.  way to switch things up
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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2006, 09:55:14 PM »
And still even with that edited message, my gross post shows the answer.  Read what he did to people, no way life was better under him
 

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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2006, 09:58:47 PM »
 :D

So people in Iraq must be livin it up now this vile oppressor is gone! Alot of jobs and free education in Iraq now isn't there? Great now he's gone Iraqi people no longer have to live in fear!
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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2006, 10:01:52 PM »
the man got animals to eat babies alive inside a box. that makes me wanna throw up for real. of course life is better with george bush, once America cleans that shithole up over there they might be fortunate to experience a little western style prosperity. iraqis need to stop bullshittin just cuz theyre ashamed of their inability to take care of their civilization  :'(
 

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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2006, 10:04:08 PM »
Lol you EDITED the fuck out of your 2nd post, lol.  way to switch things up




dude I switched one tiny thing and you know it.  instead of saying meat scavengers I changed it to meat eating animals.  You SWITCHED your entire 2nd post and YOU KNOW IT
 

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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2006, 10:10:45 PM »
Lol you EDITED the fuck out of your 2nd post, lol.  way to switch things up




dude I switched one tiny thing and you know it.  instead of saying meat scavengers I changed it to meat eating animals.  You SWITCHED your entire 2nd post and YOU KNOW IT



it says the same shit, just re-phrased, relax.
 

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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2006, 10:12:40 PM »
Lol you EDITED the fuck out of your 2nd post, lol.  way to switch things up




dude I switched one tiny thing and you know it.  instead of saying meat scavengers I changed it to meat eating animals.  You SWITCHED your entire 2nd post and YOU KNOW IT



it says the same shit, just re-phrased, relax.

alright sorry man, I just get heated regarding Saddam, he was a evil fucking man
 

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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2006, 10:13:49 PM »
once America cleans that shithole up over there they might be fortunate to experience a little western style prosperity.


well thats the idea. I just think they went about it all wrong at the start, now theres this spiralling tornado of violent shit.
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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2006, 10:17:01 PM »
it's alright chill baby the business just takes time, you can't make an omelette without breakin some eggs, it's gonna take a few years to get some real solidarity/American retail staples implanted in their society, it's all in motion though as we speak
 

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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2006, 10:19:42 PM »
 ;D

the optimism is reassuring.
 

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Re: Life in Iraq better under Saddam's dictatorship than Bush's democracy?
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2006, 10:46:58 PM »
Life under saddam in 2003 before the war was better for the average iraqi citizen than it is now
"One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

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