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Guess who is suing us for $1 Billion dollars?

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The city's government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad's infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.

"The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste," the statement said.

"Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford...we demand the American side apologize to Baghdad's people and pay back these expenses."

The statement made no mention of damage caused by bombing.

Baghdad's neighborhoods have been sealed off by miles of concrete blast walls, transforming the city into a tangled maze that contributes to massive traffic jams. Despite a sharp reduction in overall violence in recent years only 5 percent of the walls have been removed, officials said.

The heavy blast walls have damaged sewer and water systems, pavement and parks, said Hakeem Abdul Zahra, the city spokesman.

U.S. military Humvees, driven on street medians and through gardens, have also caused major damage, he said.

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 7:58 AM on Feb. 17, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:58 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • You know what's crazy about this story?? The military actually has adjusters that follow the troops around paying for collateral damage. Maybe this hasn't been done through Baghdad, but I would be surprised if some repayment hadn't already been made to individual property owners.
    It angers me that we helped them oust Hussein, at their request, and now want restitution.

    Answer by Scuba at 8:02 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • It angers me that we helped them oust Hussein, at their request

    When did they request it? We weren't there by request....


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:03 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • They are not exactly telling the truth. I happen to know soldiers who were deployed there and helped them get their electric grid better then it ever was, along with good water, schools and all of that. This is just more of a reason we need to leave there and let them kill each other again. We did what we set out to do. Now let them fend for themselves.

    Answer by gemgem at 8:05 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • We did what we set out to do.

    What? Found no WMD's.....

    wasted BILLIONS...

    Lost alot of good men and women..


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:08 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • The government didn't request our help, clearly - in 2003 Bush and Blair sent troops in because of Hussein's backing of weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian crimes, and Al Quida. Since they eventually executed Hussein, it's obvious that he needed to be ousted and the people of Iraq couldn't do it without our help. Ultimately, it was the UN that requested help, bottom line is that the US wasn't there because we woke up one morning and decided it was a good idea.

    Answer by Scuba at 8:11 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Well I dont know how many times I have to post it but according to Wikileaks they in fact did find WMD and did up until 2008. You can google it.
    Second, I dont think getting rid of a dictator who was killing his own people was a bad thing that should be looked down on. But I know arguing with some who want to spin this in the way they want to is as productive as talking to a brick wall.

    Answer by gemgem at 8:12 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • They can take their lawsuit, roll it up, and smoke it.

    You need to just drop it, sweet. We all know how you feel about the war and our brave military. What's done is done, and you cannot undo it with your complaining, ranting, and raving.


    Answer by May-20 at 8:14 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • They didn't find WMD, but they did find the capabilities of producing them; just as bad. They also found obscene crimes against humanity. The situation over there was dire, and intervention necessary. I agree with gemgem, it's time for us to leave, but we needed to be there.

    Answer by Scuba at 8:14 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Dr. Evil?

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:29 AM on Feb. 17, 2011

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