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Iraqis Losing Hope

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Posted on Mar 19, 2007

The BBC’s John Simpson paints a gloomy picture of the situation in Baghdad these days, opining that the signs of death and widespread despondency and anger in the Iraqi capital “represent a major failure of the hopes and expectations which many Iraqis entertained four years ago.”


The most common sight, apart from police and army roadblocks, are the black banners on walls and fences announcing people’s deaths.

And the most common feeling you come across is a kind of slow-burning, gloomy anger.

These things represent a major failure of the hopes and expectations which many Iraqis entertained four years ago.

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By DennisD, March 19, 2007 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment
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It seems that the Iraqi’s are becoming more Americanized everyday. I’ve lost hope that our government will do anything for - we the people - a long time ago. Now we both have the same government leaders to blame for our country’s problems. Welcome aboard - it really is a small corporately owned world after all.

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By Rodney, March 19, 2007 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment
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The American people have lost hope,the rest of the world has lost hope. Only the delusional still have hope in Bush

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By Dale Headley, March 19, 2007 at 2:52 pm Link to this comment
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Why even bother printing stories like these?  We only care about who will be the next “American Idol”.  The suffering of Iraqis is beyond our comprehension; so why waste our efforts trying to understand it?  After all,  “March Madness” is upon us.

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By Quy Tran, March 19, 2007 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment
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The Iraqis are losing hope 4 years ago, right after President Hussein had been overthrown, not now.

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By Steve Hammons, March 19, 2007 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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When the US finally pulls out, or at least pulls back to our permanent “megabases,” those who cooperated with the US may find themselves in danger.

Unlike Vietnam, the Bush-Cheney administration and their necon friends want to stay in Iraq at all costs.

Still, there are many similarities between the Iraq War and the Vietnam War. For more on this, see:

‘Nam War, ‘Raq War: Similarities, Differences

By Steve Hammons
Populist Party of America
March 19, 2007

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