BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than two years of war, occupation and insurgency haveGah.
turned Iraq into possibly the most psychologically damaged nation in the world, one of the country's top psychiatrists said on Thursday
Yeah, those 30 years under Saddam, with the 1.1 million killed in the Iraq-Iran war, the invasion of Kuwait and subsequent Gulf War, the hundreds of thousands stuffed into mass graves in the Shia uprising, the gassing of Halabja, the secret police who maimed and killed anyone who criticized Saddam's rule, the rape rooms, the suppression of all independent newsmedia... all that was paradise. It had no psychological effect and isn't even worth mentioning in the article.
Let's take a closer look at the good doctor:
Dr Harith Hassan, the former head of Baghdad's Psychological Research CenterAnyone want to give odds as to whether Saddam's totalitarian thugs had a hand in selecting the head of that center?
"Iraq is one of the most stressed, oppressed countries in the world -- you can see the suffering every day, every hour, even every minute," Hassan told Reuters in an interviewNot was oppressed under Saddam (you know, back when there were zero free newspapers, zero free radio stations, zero free TV stations, zero free speech rights, zero access to cell phones, and owning a satellite dish or an Internet connection was a crime punishable by death), but is oppressed, under the elected government and the interim constitution that guarantees the rights of Iraqis and has led to all kinds of new freedoms.