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War on Iraq: 1991 v. 2003


The Independent, Mar. 23, 2003

"In 1991, the Americans struck the refineries, the electricity grid, the water pipes, communications. But yesterday, Baghdad could still function. The landline telephones worked; the internet operated; the electrical power was at full capacity; the bridges over the Tigris remained unbombed. Because, of course, when - 'if' is still a sensitive phrase these days - the Americans get here, they will need a working communications system, electricity, transport. What has been spared is not a gift to the Iraqi people: it is for the benefit of Iraq's supposed new masters. . . . Again, there has been no attempt by the U.S. to destroy the television facilities because they presumably want to use them on arrival."