Saturday, June 19, 2010

Those damned last throes just won't stop

The attacks on Friday, a day off for citizens as Muslims gather for prayers, underscored that violence is still a fact of daily life here, even if levels are down substantially from the height of Iraq’s sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007. Seven years after the United States invaded Iraq, hundreds of civilians still die each month in violence.
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Violence has continued through a political stalemate that experts say could last through Iraq’s hot summer — temperatures regularly surpass 110 degrees — and perhaps stretch into the fall.

Also not surprisingly, considering that the "war" is actually intense SRA on a vast scale, we haven't managed to restore the water infrastructure yet, despite throwing a lot of money at the problem:
(Reuters) - On a scorching summer day in Baghdad, Qassim Dakheel squats in his yard and looks anxiously at his water hose, waiting for the water to flow.
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According to government statistics cited by the ICRC, one in four of Iraq's 30 million people does not have access to safe drinking water, a persistent problem seven years after the U.S. invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

And yet they hate us because we're so "free" that we're still paying for this "war," into which our government lied us.