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U.S.-trained Iraqi forces accused of executing Sunnis

What democratic values have we instilled in the "new" Iraq? The New York Times reports on recent accounts of kidnappings and slayings at the hands of Iraqi military:
As the American military pushes the largely Shiite Iraqi security services into a larger role in combating the insurgency, evidence has begun to mount suggesting that the Iraqi forces are carrying out executions in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods.

Hundreds of accounts of killings and abductions have emerged in recent weeks, most of them brought forward by Sunni civilians, who claim that their relatives have been taken away by Iraqi men in uniform without warrant or explanation.

Some Sunni men have been found dead in ditches and fields, with bullet holes in their temples, acid burns on their skin, and holes in their bodies apparently made by electric drills. Many have simply vanished.

Some of the young men have turned up alive in prison. In a secret bunker discovered earlier this month in an Interior Ministry building in Baghdad, American and Iraqi officials acknowledged that some of the mostly Sunni inmates appeared to have been tortured.

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Tell me again, how have things improved since our invasion? A Romanian blogger offers a comparison:

Saddam Removed From Power - Well at first this seemed like a success. Old Saddam was a'hidin' in his spidey hole and the blessed American military smoked him out. Not only that, but most of his top aides and deviant war criminal government were arrested and are now sitting in the dock. The people of Iraq are now free of his dictatorship! The only problem is that the new Iraqi government doesn't seem to be one whit better. Not one whit. I can't find a shred of evidence that the new guys are any better than the old. If you look at everything bad ever said about Saddam, from the fact he rigged elections, tortured people, had a vile secret police, repressed free speech, used violence against political opponents and had a network of brutal cronies in positions of power, well gosh that's pretty much what's going on in Iraq today. Maybe it's time for a chart:

Iraq Under SaddamIraq Today
Torture?YesYes
Illegal detentions?YesYes
Ba'athist thugs in power?YesYes
Rigged elections?YesYes
Censorship of media?YesYes
Use of chemical weapons against civilians?YesNo*
Functioning economy?YesNo
Religious fundamentalism including sha'ria law?NoYes
Repression of women's rights?NoYes
Functioning basic services like water, electricity?YesNo
Exporting oil to earn revenue?YesSomewhat
Engaged in war with neighboring states?YesNo
Home base for terrorism and Al-Qaeda?NoYes
Children dying of malnutrition and dehydration?YesYes
Americans and British being killed?NoYes
Well it looks like except for engaging in a war with its neighbors, the new Iraqi government is actually worse than under Saddam Hussein. Who ever wanted that to happen? I put an asterisk next to "NO" for the current government using chemical weapons against civilians. As far as I know only the American military has done that in Iraq.

Hat tip to The Left End of the Dial.

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