[Marxism] Good news from Iraq
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jun 25 11:52:54 MDT 2004
BAGHDAD—As the Coalition Provisional Authority prepares to hand power
over to an Iraqi-led interim government on June 30, CPA administrator L.
Paul Bremer publicly touted the success of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"As the Coalition's rule draws to a close, the numbers show that we have
an awful lot to be proud of," Bremer said Tuesday. "As anyone who's
taken a minute and actually looked at the figures can tell you, the vast
majority of Iraqis are still alive—as many as 99 percent. While 10,000
or so Iraqi civilians have been killed, pretty much everyone is not dead."
According to U.S. Department of Defense statistics, of the approximately
24 million Iraqis who were not killed, nearly all are not in a military
prison. Bremer said "a good number" of those Iraqis who are in jail have
been charged with a crime, and most of them have enjoyed a prison stay
free of guard-dog attacks, low-watt electrocutions, and sexual humiliation.
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