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Baghdad Wants US To Pay $1B Damages

From an unquestioning Reuters:

An Iraqi soldier stands guard as he looks at a damaged concrete wall after a bomb attack in Baghdad March 23, 2010.

Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city

Thu Feb 17, 2011

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The city’s government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad’s infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.

"The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste," the statement said.

"Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford…we demand the American side apologize to Baghdad’s people and pay back these expenses."

The statement made no mention of damage caused by bombing.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is gratitude — Iraqi-style. The United States has expending untold amounts of blood and treasure to provide security and bring freedom to that blighted nation. And this is the thanks we get.

Baghdad’s neighborhoods have been sealed off by miles of concrete blast walls, transforming the city into a tangled maze that contributes to massive traffic jams. Despite a sharp reduction in overall violence in recent years only 5 percent of the walls have been removed, officials said.

Mainly because once the walls are removed the local denizens start blowing each other up again.

The heavy blast walls have damaged sewer and water systems, pavement and parks, said Hakeem Abdul Zahra, the city spokesman.

Yes, Iraq was famous for its parks. And walls do so much more damage than bombs.

U.S. military Humvees, driven on street medians and through gardens, have also caused major damage, he said.

"The city of Baghdad feels these violations, which have taken place for years, have caused economic and moral damage," he said.

"Moral damage"? How can anything damage people who have such morals?

U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq’s cities in June 2009 before formally ending combat operations last August. Around 50,000 remain in Iraq but they are scheduled to withdraw by year end.

Baghdad is badly in need of a facelift. Electricity and trash collection are sporadic, streets are potholed and sewage treatment plants and pipes have not been renovated for years

Yep, it’s America’s fault they aren’t collecting the trash. In fact, it’s Bush’s fault.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 18th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Baghdad Wants US To Pay $1B Damages”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    What Baghdad needs are some really good Unions. That’s how you get the $$$. A really good Union. Yeah, that’s the ticket. (wait, is there any discernible difference between unions and tribes and clans?)

  2. TerryAnne says:

    LOL! $1 billion.

    They’ve been watching Austin Powers again.

    I don’t think there’s $1 billion of infrastructure in the entirety of Iraq…mindless their capital city. But what’s the harm in asking, when it’s obvious the wagon is leaving the station for the last time and the gift horse may not be able to get the wagon anywhere close to its destination. There’s still tons of suicide bombers and their families that need the funding.

    BTW – they don’t just not collect trash. The pile it in specific places in the city (usually on the side of the road somewhere) and burn it. If they want to talk about economic problems or city facelifts…maybe they should start with that jewel.

    Every day, I learn to hate people more and more. :)

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      When we leave and the place returns to total anarchy, as it’s already doing, then the socialists will, once again, blame Bush for it. It is remarkably funny how “we were wrong” to get rid of Saddam Hussein, yet the relatively benign Mubarak “MUST GO NOW!”

      Honestly, I think the rats get all tangled up in the minds of liberals. Relativism is so….relative.

  3. artboyusa says:

    Gratitude? Ha! You know what? Whether its loaning somebody a few bucks or liberating their country, if you give somebody something, you can be sure of three things. One is that they’ll feel entitled to it, two is that they won’t be grateful for it, three is that whatever you do, it won’t be enough and besides, its all your fault anyway.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Gratitude? Hell. France is still pissed at the US for preventing them from living a life of ease under Nazi rule. I’m just sayin’.

  5. Astravogel says:

    You can’t blame Bush for this,
    Winston Churchill drew the lines.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    We want our fallen heroes back. We could use them back home right about to counter-ballance the millions of maggots with narcissistic and entitlement complexes.

  7. proreason says:

    I want $100B from them.

  8. Right of the People says:

    With all the liquid gold they have under their pile of rocks and sand they should be paying us. Just goes to show the average mooselimb mentality. They need adults to run things for them.

  9. merkelerk says:

    This is exactly the kind of budget item Obama can support.

    Think of the redistribution that could be accomplished. Throw in Afghanistan as well and include some bowing, scraping and apologies.

    The King of the universe must be trembling with excitement.

  10. Liberals Demise says:

    Shiite, give ’em what they want………FINISH THE JOB……PROPERLY!!
    $1B worth of de-urbanization on the fly.

  11. oiftanker says:

    You know what? I left a lot of blood, an eye and two good friends in Iraq. I figure that’s worth at least $400 billion… So let them have their billion, we’ll take the rest in cash, payable in full, now.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “THANK YOU” for your contribution to our still great Nation, oiftanker.
      A hearty “OOORAH” ensues!

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