Monday, September 8, 2008

More Post cards from Iraq

In the last picture Jill posted for me, I'm standing on a portion of roof where the second bomb hit. This palace was built in response to his declared victory over the US when he was forced out of Kuwait. He saw it as a victory! So what do you do when your people are starving to death? Spend millions on yet another palace. The room I'm standing in is bigger than a regulation sized football field. The palace has 180 rooms and has a duplicate on the opposite side. There is marble everywhere and extremely poor workmanship. I'm surprised they are still standing.
Keep in mind this is one of 80 such palaces that he had built during a 20 year rule. In the adjacent palace, he was hoarding all the food for oil supplies and medical supplies the world health org. was sending. They never made it to the people. Over 500 thousand people died (mostly women and children) within a ten mile radius from where I am standing. Hussein also brought on a drought when he diverted Baghdads entire water supply for a month while he filled his private lakes in the compound I now work in.


Juli said...

I don't even know what to say to this. It's mind-boggling. I don't think I'll ever understand how one person could be responsible for so many awful things.
Thanks for being where you are, Shawn. We miss you and we pray for you.
I hope you're keeping a journal!

ali said...

wow. I wish so many more people could see this and witness that we couldn't just let that man continue to reign. Let's hear it for our brave US Soldiers!!