Another Day in Iraq
by James Glaser
September 27, 2007

The following is from a report by, about what was going on in Iraq yesterday.

Numerous bombings rocked the country today, mostly in northern cities and a large one in Baghdad. Overall, at least 174 Iraqis were killed and 132 more were wounded during various attacks. Yesterday, a GI was killed during a small arms attack in the capital. Also, lawmakers are considering imposing travel restrictions in an effort to curb the growing cholera epidemic.

If you notice, there is a new twist to George Bush's Iraq War, and that is the "growing cholera epidemic." Of course we don't hear about this epidemic from our media, because our media is now working on the positive things about this war. Just like this cholera epidemic, the coffins of dead American troops are hidden from public view. How long has it been since you read an article about the lack of armored vehicles for our troops? Well, they still don't have the equipment they need, but now the media doesn't report about things like that either. Remember when this war first started? One of the first things we did was bomb the water treatment plants, the sewage treatment plants, and the electrical generating plants.

By anyone's standard, those bombings of civilian infrastructure were a war crime, and many medical people warned of the disease that would follow because of the lack of clean water to drink.

Today many Iraqis get their drinking water from the Euphrates River that flows through Baghdad. The problem with that is that the river is used as a dumping ground for dead bodies.

According to the White House and George Bush, things are looking up in George's War, and if we can just keep the pressure on, victory is in the future.

Something else happened yesterday, and that was that George and the White House asked Congress for another $190 billion dollars to fund the war.

Some things about this war never change. First off, every day a lot of innocent Iraqis are killed and a lot are wounded. Every day the American tax payer spends something like $750 million dollars on George's war. Every day, more American troops are dying and getting wounded. Sad to say, every day George Bush thinks he is a little closer to victory.

And every day, more Americans join the majority that wants our troops to come home . . . NOW!

Post Script:

This from the Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases:

What is cholera?

Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but sometimes it can be severe. Approximately one in 20 infected persons has severe disease characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In these persons, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.

How does a person get cholera?

A person may get cholera by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacterium. In an epidemic, the source of the contamination is usually the feces of an infected person. The disease can spread rapidly in areas with inadequate treatment of sewage and drinking water.

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