The Iraqis are not better off since America invaded
Published: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 1:24 a.m.
Someone wrote in The Sun that Iraqis are better off since we invaded their country. I don't think so.
Before we invaded, their president was a vicious, psychotic dictator.
However, that did not impact most people's everyday lives. On the other hand, they had a fully operational infrastructure. Homes had utilities - electricity, water, gas, heat, air conditioning.
Now, not only do most homes not have these things, but tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed - most by U.S. armed services.
They had a viable public transportation system, both within cities and between them. Now you risk your life to drive within a city, if you can get gasoline to drive.
People wait in lines for days to get gasoline. This means that not only are they unable to get around, but if they have generators for electricity, they also can't get the gasoline to operate them.
This was a country that was one of the leading oil-producing countries in the world, where gasoline used to be dirt-cheap.
This is not a complete list of their problems, but certainly enough to see clearly that Iraqis are not better off.
Gerald J. Bodoh,
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