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Monday, June 19, 2006 

Womens Rights deteriorating in Iraq - worse than "Iran at it's most conservative"

The Iraqi women have substantially less freedom today than before we invaded.

From the official report from the US embassy in Iraq.

Let's see , women can not drive cars or use cell phones and they should expect to be threatened if they are not wearing full abaya and a veil. Sounds more like Afganistan under the Taliban than Iraq. How could the Bush adminstration fail to plan and protect these women?

The report has a lot more information on a variety of topics including male dress restrictions, people getting thrown out of thier homes because they are the "wrong" religion, only 4 hours of power a day in 116 degree weather, Fuel Shortages (12 hour line for gasoline), Kidnappings, Security forces (being paid by the US) misusing thier power to expose and threaten those working with the embassy, Iraqis working with the embassy have to keep thier employment secret even from thier families for fear of thier lives.

Another interesting revelation in the report is that the US is perceived as just like Saddam by the majority of the population.

It is just depressing. And it is not getting any better.

This week, the Iraqi government pushed a proposal to pardon insurgents who have killed U.S. troops. Ohio Senator, Mike DeWine failed to condem the proposal.

Where is the accountability? When can we bring our troops home? What is the plan?

Hattip BSB

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I cannot how maddening this must be for the service men and women and their families. Risking their lives, too often dying, and for what? George Bush seems to believe in the apocolypse. If I were him, I would not be so anxious for judgement day.

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