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Four Months Of Occupation, Iraqis Still Suffer
photo: Iraqis always protest their “devastating” circumstances
By Aws Al-Sharqi, IOL Baghdad Correspondent
BAGHDAD, August 11 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - Four months following the collapse of the deposed President Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iraqis still suffer at the hands of the U.S. occupation troops that invaded Iraq with the alleged objective of “liberating” its people.
“Our conditions have become worse than before. We were living in peace and tranquility. Now we live in misery, as if we are under another type of siege. We are surrounded by thieves and U.S. troops,” said Fatima Al-Khaldi, expressing her view about the current situation in Iraq.
“The Americans have brought chaos and instability to Iraq. The situation is deteriorating day after day,” Fatima, 40, told IslamOnline.net correspondent Monday, August 11.
“We currently live a fatal life among U.S. incursions. Innocents die every moment without any justification. They will make us regret Saddam’s days, as we live a miserable life now,” Fatima added.
Most Iraqi newspapers issued during the past couple of days have launched an extensive attack against U.S. troops, accusing them of procrastination and indifference towards direct issues of concern to the Iraqi people, as the country is still suffering from electricity and water shortages most of the day.
Under such difficult and unbearable circumstances, Iraq currently suffers a heatwave, as temperatures reach 60 Celsius.
Such circumstances have led to several demonstrations against U.S. troops, calling for the provision of water and electricity to the Iraqi people.
The Iraqi Ennass newspaper wondered on Sunday August 10 whether the U.S. troops have ignored the simple Iraqi appeals and asked how they are going to deal with more difficult matters.
Where Is The Opposition?
“Life in Iraq is intolerable. There is no security, water, electricity or jobs. What is the guilt committed by Iraqis to deserve this? The Americans accompanied by Zionists wander streets day and night in arrogance, attacking people and Muslim sanctuaries. No one knows how to get rid of this plight,” Ali Abdullah told IslamOnline.net.
“Where is the Iraqi opposition that came aboard U.S. tanks and promised us with freedom and democracy? The only reward we get is unemployment, killings, destruction and terror. Is this the paradise we are promised?” he wondered.
“The greatest problem currently facing Iraqis is the unemployment phenomenon, as all official and unofficial businesses have come to a halt, while foodstuffs we stored before the war is about to end,” Ghaith Al-Kazemi said.
“We hear promises from the Americans and the Iraqi governing council to end the employment crisis but nothing has been materialized so far. Appeals we made to both parties were in vain,” he added.
“Four months after the fall of Baghdad, the situation is dim. We were disappointed by the new parties that only care for control of buildings and palaces,” said Dr. Ayman Abdel Haq, a university professor.
“Disputes started among members of the governing council. The struggle will be severer, as personal interests are prevailing,” he added.