Reuters reports that the Baghdad city government wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city by blast walls it erected and by our troops’ Humvees during the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
The city’s government said in a statement:
The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste…Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford…we demand the American side apologize to Baghdad’s people and pay back these expenses.
Perhaps the U.S. should ask the Iraqi government to reimburse this country for the nearly one trillion U.S. taxpayers’ dollars spent on the Bush administration’s attempts to “liberate” Iraq and “install democracy” in their country.
Yeah, after losing more than 4,000 of our troops “over there” and nearly 40,000 of our troops having sustained debilitating injuries “over there,” we feel really bad for the damage caused by our Humvees driving on street medians and through Baghdad gardens trying to avoid IED’s and being shot at. And so sorry for erecting miles of concrete blast walls “transforming the city into a tangled maze that contributes to massive traffic jams,” in order to protect our troops and the Iraqi people themselves from terrorist bomb blasts.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.