Is this a “comma”, George?

Horrific story about conditions for women in post-invasion Iraq:

Iraqis do not like to talk about it much, but there is an understanding of what is going on these days. If a young woman is abducted and murdered without a ransom demand, she has been kidnapped to be raped. Even those raped and released are not necessarily safe: the response of some families to finding that a woman has been raped has been to kill her.

Iraq’s women are living with a fear that is increasing in line with the numbers dying violently every month. They die for being a member of the wrong sect and for helping their fellow women. They die for doing jobs that the militants have decreed that they cannot do: for working in hospitals and ministries and universities. They are murdered, too, because they are the softest targets for Iraq’s criminal gangs.

Iraq’s women live in terror of speaking their opinions; of going out to work; or defying the strict new prohibitions on dress and behaviour applied across Iraq by Islamist militants, both Sunni and Shia. They live in fear of their husbands, too, as women’s rights have been undermined by the country’s postwar constitution that has taken power from the family courts and given it to clerics.

What a horrible, sickening situation, all because of the grandiose ambitions of Bush, Cheney and the neocons. Close to 3,000 American soldiers dead, tens of thousands seriously wounded and mentally traumatized, and so many Iraqi lives lost and shattered that we can’t even begin to provide a proper accounting of them.

We are covered in the blood of the dead, and it will be a very long time before this damned spot will fade and our hands will ever be clean.

UPDATE Digby reports that some 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the American invasion.

“Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia
Will not sweeten this little hand.”

The Discussion: One Comment

As always, thanks for the link about violence against women, Lisa. It turned me on to another story I wouldn’t have read otherwise. What’s going on in Iraq is a slow-motion genocide. Perhaps not-so-slow, although not as fast as in Rwanda and Cambodia.

In addition to the 655,000 deaths above what would have been expected otherwise, what about the lives NOT lived? I can’t think Iraq would be a good place to give birth now. With the heat, lack of basics like water, psychological depression… how much sex is happening in Iraq? Aside from rape, that is.

So many breeding-age males are being killed, it must have an impact on how many children will be born in the future. I don’t mean to sound like a creepy eugenic scientist, but it’s like the situation has been set up to gradually eliminate a large part of the natives. The population of Iraq was approximately 25 million before the invasion, right? Will it be 15 million in 2013? 10 million? 5? The fewer people on the ground, the easier it will be to control the resources. Like what the white settlers did to the natives in North America and Australia.

Is there a word for “killing a nation”? Countrycide? Sounds too pleasant…

October 13, 2006 @ 12:56 pm | Comment

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