Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Have A Xanax

Baghdad Deteriorates Further:

According to the green zone government last week saw a massive increase in the number "internally displaced families" in Iraq. This brings the green zone government's own statistics to 35,593 families who have registered as having been forced to flee their homes. The ministry reported last week that a total of 33,153 families were victims of forced evictions.

As you might expect most were from the northern, southern and western areas of Baghdad, the three districts particularly hard hit were:

  • Abu Ghraib.
  • al-Doura.
  • al-Mahmoudiya.

The ministry issues weekly statistics for displaced families. The figures show that the phenomenon is on the rise. The problem with their figures, as they themselves admit, is that their figures are woefully incomplete. Many, perhaps even most IDFs don't register with the green zone government for assistance, they go for help either to relatives, or if they're not able to do that they ask a local mosque for assistance.

Quick Round Up:

This boy shown in Baqouba hospital was injured by a mortar attack August 22nd 2006The boy, seen here in Baqouba hospital was one of eleven people injured in a mortar attack on a market Two shells landed in the market according to local police..

Before I wrote this posting I did a quick scan through reports from:

  • Al Sabah al Jadid newspaper - Baghdad
  • Al Taakhi newspaper - Baghdad
  • Hawlati newspaper - Al Sulaimaniyah
  • Al Mannarah newspaper - Basrah
  • Radio Annas - Baghdad

Here are the results:

  • Two People were killed in a bomb blast in Dhi Qar. The bomb disposal team were on their way to defuse it when it exploded according to Major Ali Siwan.
  • Three people were wounded in mortar a shelling in Basra when a mortar round hit their car.
  • A mortar attack on Muqdadiyah market on Tuesday wounded 15 Iraqi civilians. In a separate attack in the al-Askari neighborhood a man was killed and his wife wounded by gunmen outside their home.
  • There was a bridge bombing in Baghdad two people were wounded.

That's a tiny fraction of the daily misery brought to Iraq by America's illegal, racist, and brutal occupation of Iraq. When I said "quick scan," I mean it took me less than, considerably less than, five minutes. It took me longer to translate and type out the highly abreviated list above. Then I read this garbage from President Cheney's feral chimpanzee President Bush in response to a question from a sycophant White House pool reporter:

Gee Martha It Talks!

Q But are you frustrated, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Frustrated? Sometimes I'm frustrated. Rarely surprised. Sometimes I'm happy. This is -- but war is not a time of joy. These aren't joyous times. These are challenging times, and they're difficult times, and they're straining the psyche of our country. I understand that. You know, nobody likes to see innocent people die. Nobody wants to turn on their TV on a daily basis and see havoc wrought by terrorists. And our question is, do we have the capacity and the desire to spread peace by confronting these terrorists, and supporting those who want to live in liberty? That's the question. And my answer to that question is, we must. We owe it to future generations to do so. [ Emphasis added - mfi ]

The strain on Iraqi's psyche of having their country riven apart and seeing their families drown in a river of blood doesn't count of course. They're only brown people and guilty moreover of being Muslims what's important is the strain on the American psyche. Well boo hoo - Here have a xanax.


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