As much as the Americans want to deny it, the situation in Iraq is no better than it was under ex dictator – Saddam Hussein. Probably worse. Here is an average day in the life of an Iraqi living in Baghdad. Struggle for food, worrying about when they might be caught up in a random blast, worsening economic conditions, worsening sectarian tensions, and more blasts.
And then there was a special case of the country hosting it’s second international against Liberia on Monday in Baghdad. At a less than empty Al Shaab stadium, two consequent blasts engulfed the backdrop of the ground with black smoke in the 60th minute. This too while the game was still going on.
The most stirring aspect is that the game continued despite the apparent risk and the thought of potential loss from the cowardly attacks. With the host country losing the game, it was hard to figure out if the crowd was angry at the loss or just annoyed at the daily uneasiness that lingers in the country.
But one thing is certain, this compared to a country wherein three lives were lost due to a similar incident in a marathon, this should be of a serious concern and should give some insight on the valor of both the Iraqi’s and the Liberians.
And another reason why?
Because fifty-eight lives were lost on that day due to the twin blasts. Fifty Eight. I will let you marinate on that.