Remember how we were going to "liberate" the people of Iraq from their brutal dictator?
Now the people of Iraq live in worse and more violent conditions than ever before. As many as 600,000+ civilians have died since the U.S. invaded the nation to search for non-existent weapons of mass destruction and to punish the Iraqi regime for ties to the 9/11 terrorists - ties that turned out to be lies put out by the Bush White House to build a case for war.
Just last night we heard that the suicide rate among U.S. troops is at the highest point in 26 years.
Today CNN reports on the growing number of Iraqi women turning to prostituion to feed their children:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The women are too afraid and ashamed to show their faces or have their real names used. They have been driven to sell their bodies to put food on the table for their children -- for as little as $8 a day.
"People shouldn't criticize women, or talk badly about them," says 37-year-old Suha as she adjusts the light colored scarf she wears these days to avoid extremists who insist women cover themselves. "They all say we have lost our way, but they never ask why we had to take this path."
A mother of three, she wears light makeup, a gold pendant of Iraq around her neck, and an unexpected air of elegance about her.
"I don't have money to take my kid to the doctor. I have to do anything that I can to preserve my child, because I am a mother," she says, explaining why she prostitutes herself.
Anger and frustration rise in her voice as she speaks.
"No matter what else I may be, no matter how off the path I may be, I am a mother!"
This is the legacy of George W. Bush and his war in Iraq. May God forgive us all.