All The Good We’re Doing

Before anyone even starts with me, this is in no way, absolutely not in the slightest a referendum on the performance of our troops in Iraq.  This is where the debate is going, by the way, you can’t even point out mistakes or problems in Iraq without some jackass trying to make the claim that you don’t support the troops.  I’m not bringing them into this, so I’d appreciate it if none of you do as well.

That said and done with, it is a marvel to me all the good we’re doing in Iraq.  I mean, we are really helping those people, and the fact that they don’t like us in Iraq, that has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with the fact that they’re all just a bunch of ingrates.

Or maybe not.

Everything is for the children. They are the beauty in life and, without them, we cannot live.”

These are the words a mother tells herself to justify what she has been reduced to in order for her children to eat; prostitution.  Another woman is forced to have sex with her clients while her three children are in the room, her only recourse is for them to stand in seperate corners and look away.

Forced into prostitution is a terrible fate for any woman, but there can be no denying how harsh of an impact this must have on Iraqi women whose cultural and religious influences hold the practice in particularly devestating regard.  It is for this reason, perhaps, that has led so many of these women forced into prostitution for survival, to wind up in the hospital as a result of suicide attempts.

We, Americans, must feel to some degree culpable for this, primarily for the mismanagement following the fall of Saddam.  The ongoing failure to address the infrastructure, Paul Bremmer’s destabilizing effects of de-Ba’athification and dismissing the Iraqi Army, the level of violence, the lack of stability within the Iraqi government, all the significant factors putting women into a situation where honest work does not pay enough money or is not safe enough to attend such that they are forced to prostitution, all of it can be tied to our grossly irresponsible policies in Iraq.

This should be cause for outrage against the continuing conductors of our presence in Iraq, but you’ll find little.  From the administration we are force fed news of the military improvements and modest growth in public support for the military strategy, but there is no serious talk about the political process, that aspect of Iraq that is required to truly change things around.

In fact, I find it curious that there is so very little said, not just by Bush shills, I expect that, but by the administration in regards to the political process.  What are we doing to aid the political process along besides occasionally sending high level officials to Iraq to prod legislators along?  What are we REALLY doing to make things in Iraq better?

Or is Iraq fated to be another Saipan?

9 Responses to “All The Good We’re Doing”

  1. matttbastard says:

    One very important aspect that this story didn’t explore further was the fact that lot of women in Iraq aren’t just forced into the sex trade by circumstance. Also, it’s not only women still living in Iraq (nor mothers) who, as a result of the post-invasion chaos, are being forced into prostitution to survive.

  2. matttbastard says:

    Additionally, this 2003 Toronto Star article gives a good overview of prostitution in pre-invasion Iraq.

  3. matttbastard says:

    (hmm, appears my first comment either got sent into moderation or was swallowed by the spam catcher ;-)).

  4. Thanks for the art, Matt. I’ll check it out this afternoon. As for the spam catcher, sorry about that. It’s totally necessary though, and we had to do it when one of our posts got inundated with some forty odd spam comments in just a couple of hours. Do we have you on our blogroll? We need to get you there if we don’t… I guess something else to look into this afternoon.

  5. matttbastard says:

    Oh, I totally understand, Kyle – my catcher sometimes gets 300-500 spam comments in a day. The first comment had a number of links, so that was likely what set it off.

    I don’t believe bastard.logic is on the CFLF roll, so if you’d like to add us we’d be very grateful.

  6. I’ll put it up there this afternoon, thanks for the links man.

  7. Matt, I got your comment approved. Our experience is similar to yours in that I am typically purging about 300 spam comments a day.

  8. matttbastard says:

    Thank for rescuing my comment, Michael. And you’re very welcome, Kyle.

  9. matttbastard says:

    Oops, messed up the very first link. Here it is.

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