No healing Iraq (for the moment)
Hvordan udvikler tingene sig egentlig i Irak? Svar: Alle kan vist blive enige om, at det går nærmest helt ubeskriveligt dårligt, hvis ikke selve ordet forekom upassende til en situation, der er så makaber - som om selve ordene "fejltagelse" og "forbrydelse mod menneskeheden" virker sjofelt utilstrækkelige, når man skal beskrive det sande omfang af Bush og Blairs forbrydelse og dumhed.
Robert Fisk skrev i søndags, i The Independent:
Every day now, I come across Iraqi acquaintances - or friends who have cousins or fathers or sons - who have been kidnapped. Often they are released. Sometimes they are murdered and I go to their families to express those condolences which are especially painful for me - because I am a Westerner, arriving to say how sorry I am to relatives who blame the West for the anarchy that killed their loved ones. This time my friend survived, just.Jamen ... hvad sker der egentlig? Hvordan går det i Irak, sådan fra dag til dag?
Another good friend, a university professor, visits me for coffee the next day. The absence of identities in this report tells you all you need to know about the terror which embraces Baghdad. "I was invigilating the last exams of term in the linguistics department and I saw a mature student cheating. I walked up to him and said I believed he was cribbing. He said he wasn't. I told him I would take his papers away and he leant towards me and made it clear I would be murdered if I prevented him completing his exams. I went to the head of department. I thought he would discipline this man and take away his papers. But he talked to him and then said that he could continue the exam. My own head of department failed me completely." My professor friend loves English literature, but he has new problems.
"Many of the students are now very Islamically oriented. They want their classes taught through the prism of their religion. But what can I do? I can't teach existentialism any more because it would be seen as anti-Islamic - which means no more Sartre. These same people ask me for the religious message in Eugene O'Neill's plays. What can I say? I can't teach any more. Do you understand this? I can't teach." Since Baghdad's " liberation" in April 2003, 180 professors and schoolteachers have been assassinated in Iraq, and shortly after my professor's visit, I receive a call from one of his colleagues.
On Thursday, in the an-Nahda bus station, two bombs tear 43 people to pieces - almost all of them Shia Muslims - and at the al-Kindi hospital, which also receives a bomb close by, relatives of the missing are screaming as they try to identify the dead.
Det er i al fald sikkert, at de danske medier ikke er til megen hjælp; katastrofens sande omfang skinner ikke igennem den sparsomme dækning.
Et godt sted at vende sig hen er til gengæld Today in Iraq - en daglig dækning af krigens forløb. Her finder vi f.eks. følgende opsummering af angreb for i går, mandag d. 22. august:
Bring 'em on: Three policemen injured in car bomb attack in Kirkuk.Tjah - ulykke på ulykke på ulykke; alt sammen courtesy of Bush, Blair, Fogh og Halliburton, Inc. Another week in the US-sponsored theme park of death.
Bring 'em on: Two US soldiers killed on combat patrol in Tal Afar.
Bring 'em on: Five Iraqi kidnapped in the oil refining town of Baiji.
Bring 'em on: British soldier injured in IED attack in Basra.
Bring 'em on: US soldier killed by a roadside bomb in Tikrik.
Bring 'em on: Two police commandos shot dead in Baghdad.
Bring 'em on: Policeman shot dead in Samarra.
Bring 'em on: Interpreter shot dead in Samarra.
Bring 'em on: Two Shia workers gunned down at a Mosque in Baquba.
Bring 'em on: Three killed and nine injured by car bomb attack in Baghdad.