friedman’s dreams

I’ve often found Thomas Friedman’s commentary on Iraq to be rather complacent toward the Bush Administration, but I was curious to see what he’s up to these days. Apparently, he’s reporting from Umm-al-Qasr, and continuing his warnings/pleas that “if you break it, you own it”:
“We are so caught up with our own story of “America’s liberation of Iraq,” and the Arab TV networks are so caught up with their own story of “America’s occupation of Iraq,” that everyone seems to have lost sight of the real lives of Iraqis. “We are lost,” said Zakiya Jassim, a hospital maintenance worker. “The situation is getting worse. I don’t care about Saddam. He is far away. I want my country to be normal.” America broke Iraq; now America owns Iraq, and it owns the primary responsibility for normalizing it. If the water doesn’t flow, if the food doesn’t arrive, if the rains don’t come and if the sun doesn’t shine, it’s now America’s fault. We’d better get used to it, we’d better make things right, we’d better do it soon, and we’d better get all the help we can get. ”
Tell that to the people who are already divvying up the spoils of war.


2 Responses to “friedman’s dreams”

  1. Sean Says:

    Here’s something I thought might interest you.

    It is interesting, but probably not suprising



  2. erik Says:

    I couldn’t agree more.

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