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Iraq gone bad « Previous | |Next »
November 28, 2005

Iraq is a chaotic bloody mess yet there is no political fallout in Australia. Consider his account in The Observer:

According to the UN, armed militias, criminal gangs and terrorist organisations are proliferating. According to the Pentagon, the number of insurgent attacks is at its highest recorded level - at more than 550 a week - and the rate of civilian casualties is also higher than ever before, at more than 60 a day.

The UN believes that more than 30,000 civilians have been killed since the war, about eight times the number of deaths caused by 30 years of conflict in Northern Ireland. Only one or two Iraqi army battalions are capable of independent operations, while subversive sectarian militias have infiltrated Iraqi police and security forces. There are massive deficiencies in the delivery of essential public services, such as water and electricity.

That's a foreign policy failure in ordinary language an indictement of misjudgment and incompetence regarding the occupation, whatever one thought of the invasion.It is an occuaption based on the widespread torture and abuse or prisoners held indefinitely without charge or trial .


Yet this situation makes scarcely a ripple in Canberra. Parliament is not interested in debating the issue. The ALP has gone real quiet.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:05 AM | | Comments (0)