Monday, April 09, 2007

Four Years Later - Regret

Four years ago today Khadim al-Jubouri had a moment of fame when he took a sledge hammer to a statue of Saddam Hussein. Four years later he has this to say about the result:
"We got rid of a tyrant and tyranny. But we were surprised that after one thief had left, another 40 replaced him," said Jubouri, who is a Shiite Muslim. "Now, we regret that Saddam Hussein is gone, no matter how much we hated him."
It's not hard to understand why:
Seven of his relatives and friends have been killed, kidnapped or driven from their homes. He gets four hours of electricity a day, if he's lucky. The cost of cooking gas and fuel have soared, but his income is a quarter of what he used to earn.

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