Iraq: Gruesome Atrocities on a Daily Basis

Next time you hear some well-paid propagandist telling you that things are getting better in Iraq, please refer them to this video clip below.

If the Bush administration's goal was to get Arabs to kill other Arabs, Bush's three-year old 'mission accomplished' declaration might make some sense. Iraq has literally descended into a hell on earth.

As Rod Nordland, Newsweek's Baghdad bureau chief recently stated:


"It’s a lot worse over here [in Iraq] than is reported. The administration does a great job of managing the news…. It is certainly hard to hide the fact that in the third year of this war, Iraqis are only getting electricity for about 5 to 10 percent of the day. Living conditions have gotten so much worse, violence is at an even higher tempo, and the country is on the verge of civil war. The administration has been successful to the extent that most Americans are not aware of just how dire it is and how little progress has been made."
Maybe, if the brutal truth were made public, the American people would stop being so apathetic. As noted in this clip, the Iraqi mentality is one of fear and suspicion. People are fleeing the country, are terrified to leave their own neighborhoods and even fear being attacked in their own homes. The living conditions and violence in Iraq are the ultimate disgrace of this administration, and by now, three years in, the disgrace of the entire U.S.

Horrific stories are circulating among Iraqis about horrendous rapes, murders and grotesque mutilations. In this video clip CNN correspondent Nic Robertson points out that:
"Baghdad is turning into sectarian islands of fear…. One international official told me of reports among his staff that a 15-year-old girl had been beheaded and a dog's head sewn on her body in its place; and of a young child who had had his hands drilled and bolted together before being killed…. It seems in this climate of fear, no act is so barbaric it can't be believed."



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