Denying the problem as Iraq slides into chaos

April 11th, 2003 – 7:51 pm
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Today U.S. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said that what’s currently going on in Iraq is just the “untidy” period between war and freedom, and then went on to condemn the media for reporting about the looting and general lawlessness that has swept through Iraq in the past few days. Apparently he doesn’t want anything to interfere with the parade of “liberation” images that were dominating the news before these reports started coming out.

Despite his denial of reality though, things are bad, and getting worse, in the cities of Iraq that have been taken (at least in part) by the allies. According to reports from correspondents in Iraq, the scene in the capital, Baghdad, is one of looting, arson, and continued fighting. The citizens of the city are angry with U.S. troops for often standing by while their shops and homes are robbed. In addition to stripping and burning government buildings, the mobs have stolen equipment from the hospitals, which were already in dire shape. Much the same is true in the cities of Basra, Mosul and Kirkuk. Things have quickly descended into anarchy, and there aren’t really enough allied troops in the country to change that, which is definitely a bad thing, since, as the occupying powers, they are obligated to maintain order.

But all Rumsfeld is worried about is how this will make the allies look, and he’d rather rail against the media than actually do anything to fix the problem.

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