AN AMERICAN WHO LIVED IN IRAQ COMMENTS ON THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE OCCUPATION

03/21/06

This past Sunday marked the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by a multi-national force led by the United States…..

Earlier today, during his second major news conference this year- President Bush has said he does not believe Iraq has descended into civil war. Over the weekend, Iraq's former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi told the BBC 50 to 60 people were dying every day and that the country was in civil war. Today, Bush hinted to reporters that US troops would remain in Iraq beyond the end of his presidency in January 2009.

Our guest today is MICHELE NAAR-OBED. Naar-Obed is a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams who has just returned from a two-month stay in Iraq. She was a friend and colleague of Tom Fox, who was recently found dead in Iraq. Three other members of the group are currently being held hostage by an organization calling itself Swords of Righteousness. The CPT also has four other people currently doing the work of the group in Iraq.

Our guest has travelled and lived in Iraq four times. In this interview she discussed what Iraqis told her about the U.S. presence, the building of massive American military bases, the prospects for civil war, the ability of the Iraqis to make peace and govern their own country, as well as the unemployment, disease, and lack of basic utilities afflicting the country since the U.S. invasion.

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