Tuesday, September 25, 2007

An Un-winnable Civil War in the Time of Cholera

So along with all the other fine things we've brought to Iraq, like Blackwater and al-Qaeda in Iraq (see, we told you they were would be here), it seems all our shock and awe has screwed up water there. And bad water means a lovely thing called cholera. The AP reports:

A cholera outbreak in Iraq is spreading, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, with new cases confirmed in Baghdad, Basra and for the first time three northern districts.

The number of confirmed cases has now reached 2,116, WHO said. Just a day earlier a WHO official put the number of confirmed cases at 1,652. Eleven people have died of the disease so far.

Now, in the realm of cholera outbreaks throughout the world this might not seem like a big deal, as in 2005 there were 2,272 deaths and 131,943 cases globally. But it is telling who gets cholera, for in 2005 there were only 24 cases of the disease in all the Americas, even the ones to the south many of us hope don't come north (I'm looking at you Michelle Malkin). In general cholera is a disease for the misfortunate and poor, an extra helping of one's bad life getting worse.

For the AP reports:

Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease that is typically spread by drinking contaminated water and can cause severe diarrhea that in extreme cases can lead to fatal dehydration.

Many governments prefer to report outbreaks under the heading of acute watery diarrheal diseases rather than admit the existence of cholera in their country.

Imagine what it must be like to be a disease so horrible that it's considered preferred to have died from "acute watery diarrhea"? Ah, that's just America's shitstorm raining on the Iraqis in one more fashion.

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Blogger Queen Whackamole said...

The most romantic movie ever made featuring acute watery diarrhea: The Painted Veil.

Maybe they can have free showings for the troops?

10:14 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

There's also that scene in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and that there Marquez book. . .

Think more profitably, George, and buy bottled water stocks. . .

Can we erect a wall around Michelle Malkin? Please?

12:22 PM  
Blogger Cookie Jill said...

Horrible scenario.

Great second label.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Tessitura said...

lets just say that the restructuring of Iraq is "running a little behind"

1:44 PM  

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