Tough work ahead for Iraq

  1. There is no government in Iraq.
    I believe that with the right leadership our troops, and other countries help it will be much better than what they had.
    I am posting links for those who want more information. The quotes are minimal so to get the story click the link.

    Please do not ask me, a staff nurse, to solve the problems of the world. I do save lives but do not even run one hospital. Just take full responsibility for the nursing care for my patients for my shifts. That includes communicating with MD, management, family, and the elected leaders who can make laws.

    OK. Enough from boring me:
    Published on Friday, April 11, 2003 by the Agence France Presse

    A Baghdad hospital visited by a team of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was in "catastrophic" state, an ICRC official said.
    The Real Face of War
    By Maria Tomchick, AlterNet
    April 8, 2003
    The televised face of this war is a lie.
    A U.S. Marine in a medevac unit outside Al Kut, unable to save a dying American soldier, buries his resucitation equipment in despair. I'm reading this in my morning paper. I close my eyes and try to imagine where this Marine came from, what he did before he was shipped over to Iraq. Maybe he worked in an inner-city hospital where gunshot wounds are the norm, but the hospital's emergency room has the equipment and personnel to save lives and patch together even the worst cases. But the stripped-down, gritty, sweltering reality of a battlefield after three days of non-stop fighting with bullets still whizzing overhead and not enough clamps to stop the bleeding and not enough hands to patch all the wounds fast enough has finally broken his will. What will be left of this man when he returns home?
    I read a quote from soldiers who've shot up a van full of women and children. The soldiers' initial, agonized question, "Why did they do it? Why did they try to run the checkpoint?" will eventually, with the passage of time, become "Why did I do it? Why did I shoot them all?"
    Marines are told to stop thieves, who have hit offices, homes, even hospitals. Few shops dare open.
    By John Daniszewski and Geoffrey Mohan, Times Staff Writers
    Published on Thursday, April 10, 2003 by the Guardian/UK
    by Seumas Milne

    On the streets of Baghdad yesterday, it was Kabul, November 2001, all over again. Then, enthusiasts for the war on terror were in triumphalist mood, as the Taliban regime was overthrown. The critics had been confounded, they insisted, kites were flying, music was playing again and women were throwing off their burkas. In parliament, Jack Straw mocked Labour MPs who predicted US and British forces would still be fighting in the country in six months' time.
    Powell says the U.S. will select leaders to shape a new government, leaving U.N. lesser role.
    Posted on Thu, Apr. 10, 2003
    Iraqis happy to see Saddam go, now waiting for Americans to leave
    Associated Press
    Rulers face conciliation or confrontation

    Brian Whitaker, Dan de Luce in Tehran, John Gittings and Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles
    Friday April 11, 2003
    The Guardian

    Fears that Iraq may not be the last American target have been raised by bellicose statements from the Pentagon and US neo-conservatives directed against other members of the "axis of evil" and the so-called "states of concern".
    By William J. Kole, Associated Press, 4/10/2003 19:43
    VIENNA, Austria (AP) American troops who suggested they uncovered evidence of an active nuclear weapons program in Iraq unwittingly may have stumbled across known stocks of low-grade uranium, officials said Thursday. They said the U.S. troops may have broken U.N. seals meant to keep control of the radioactive material
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    I can't imagine how the Iraqi people feel right now, after so many years of having a strangle hold around their necks (as Pres Bush phrases it) to no Government at all. Just three short weeks ago they weren't free. Yes, there is a lot of work ahead as President Bush has stated. The war has been successful thus far and I believe post-Iraq will be also.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    A lot of work for them and for our troops as their role turns to policemen now. Entirely predictable and part and parcel of such a radical event and the changes it brings. I hope they can get it together will take time, I know.
  5. by   jnette
    Time will tell all. I'm hoping and praying it all comes to a good end.
    For our troops,for our country, for Iraq, for the innumerable civilians who also are missing arms, legs, eyes, feet, husbands, wives, infants, children. They were the innocents. For their sake, too, I hope it was all for the good.
  6. by   cwazycwissyRN
    with time and hard work, hopefully things will go in the right directions for these poor people. They have suffered way too much already.
  7. by   rncountry
    If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
    Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Politics