Anne Nivat, the courageous French journalist, who has covered many of our world's most dangerous trouble spots, recently decided to investigate the American administration's claim, that "we" are making progress in Iraq. Dressed in a loose black tunic with long sleeves, she was able to blend in with the Iraqis and live in a Shiite neighborhood.
Comments from her new friends: "I am Shiite. My uncles and cousins were murdered by Saddam's regime. I wanted desperately to get rid of him. But today, if Saddam's feet appeared in front of me, I would fall on my knees and kiss them:
Right now, with a temperature of 130 degrees, electricity is available only from 6 to 7AM. In a former oil producing country, 40 gallons of gasoline used to cost half a dollar, now Iraqis have to pay as much as $75 on the black market.
More than 200 doctors have fled the country, leaving the remainder to cope with the constantly escalating violence.
The "government" declares sudden curfews after ever-increasing suicide attacks, which ties up traffic so badly, that drivers are forced to abandon their vehicles on the streets, in order to comply. One of these "curfews" lasted four days.
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