Thursday, August 04, 2005

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than two years of war, occupation and insurgency have
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 Center
Anyone 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 interview
Not 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.


Blogger Paul said...

This headline crawled across my browser here at work this morning and I was going to blog on it, but you beat me to it and pretty much said what I was thinking.

Ok, I can buy that there is some serious psychological trauma happening, at least in the Sunni triangle (seems we rarely hear about the other 90% of the country). But the relevant question that never gets asked is "compared to what?"

The standard is not perfection, it's the alternative.

10:13 AM  
Blogger TallDave said...

Exactly, the perfect is the enemy of the good.

And what we did was good.

11:22 AM  
Blogger SMK said...

We are doing our level best anyway. In his writing, does this doctor blame the US for the psychological damage?

11:24 AM  

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