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May 03, 2005


Why would the Bushies want Iraqis to go to universities? Isn't that were communist professors indoctinate impressionable 19 year olds into becoming Democrats?

DHinMI- yeah, that's right. Here's my tinfoil hat theory:

Bush is screwing over education in the U.S. because he doesn't want people to 1. learn how to think for themselves and 2. get edumacationed.

Same goes for Iraq. Education is power (enlightenment). If you take that away from people, they don't have anything.

...four dozen academics have been assassinated and many more brave daily threats...

I'm tempted to make a joke about David Horowitz, but this is just too f@cking depressing.

Yikes. Depressing is right. It would be interesting to know exactly who these academics are and why specifically they were targeted.

Two years from Mission Accomplished and another $84 billion is being sent down the pipeline for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, only a pittance of it earmarked for reconstruction, and most of the reconstruction money already earmarked not yet spent. But the insurgents, we were told again today for the umptyumpth time, are "desperate."

Repeat after me. This was about control of the Middle East, i.e.control of the source of oil.

Iraqis don't need to read, write or think to sit on top of oil or to provide us air force bases. In fact, an educated populace might work against our interests.

Now for the msm answer: we can't rebuild s--t because we can't leave the green zone. The Iraqi government has to meet, effectively, in a foreign embassy. There is a civil war going on. Everything being rebuilt is subject to being blown up. Let freedom ring.

Yawn...Iraq is so...2003. Ain't it enough that we freed them from Sadamn?

Nice job Page, keep up the good work. The more it stays out there, the more we can push it into the public eye.

Hey, sorry 'bout that...my (snark) with arrows got lost!

Rising youth literacy in Iraq 1980 - 1990

Early in his rule, Saddam was credited with creating one of the strongest school systems in the Middle East. Iraq won a UNESCO prize for eradicating illiteracy in 1982. Literacy rates for women were among the highest of all Islamic nations, and unlike most Middle East school systems, Iraqi education was largely secular.

By the end of the 1980s, shortly before the U.S. aggression against Iraq began, 87% of the Iraqi public was literate. In other words, about twice as many people could read and write than could 15 years earlier.

The embargo was disastrous on the Iraqi educational system. For instance, even pencils were not allowed to be imported. The U.S. placed these in the "dual-use" category of imports. Since there are few trees for wood in Iraq, pencils became rare. Anti-embargo human rights groups brought pencils to Iraq during the sanctions, but it was only a drop in the bucket for the actual needs.

Despite the hardships, Iraqis were still learning to read and write. At the height of the embargo in 1995, 89.7% of Iraqi males were literate and 45% of the female population could read and write. The sanctions took their highest toll on Iraqi women.

Even in March 2003, most figures from international organizations stated that Iraq still had a literacy rate of over 60%. Two years later, and the rate is under 40%. To make it simple, about two of every three Iraqis today can not read or write.

This decrease in literacy fits U.S. imperialistic aims. If the people can not read or write, they can not understand all the diabolical effects of the occupation. To them, they worry about eating and having electricity. Reading is secondary. With an enslaved population like this, there is little hope that a "normal" life will return to Iraqis for decades.

Most educators in Iraq today fight to have text books or pencils. If they get table scraps, they are happy because that is better than nothing. However, table scraps will be the only offerings coming for a long time.

The U.S. is currently building 14 permanent bases in Iraq. U.S. firms have bilked the Iraqis out of untold billions of dollars. Every day that passes is another day when the illiteracy rate in Iraq rises. The public has no time to worry about literacy. This enslavement is powerful and lasting....

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