I know that this is not a political blog. It’s supposed to be about Second Life. But it’s also my own outlet for getting my feelings out, and I can’t be quiet about this.

From the International Herald Tribune:

There are the obvious risks of car bombs and snipers, which kill an average of 100 people a day, said the report of the [World Health Organization’s] Health Action in Crisis Group.

But beyond that, there are a host of more fundamental problems created by years of conflict: 80 percent of Iraqis lack access to sanitation, 70 percent lack regular access to clean water and 60 percent lack access to the public food distribution system, the report says.

As a result of these multiple public health failings, diarrhea and respiratory infections now account for two-thirds of the deaths of children under 5, the report said.

According to a 2006 national survey conducted by Unicef, 21 percent of Iraqi children are chronically malnourished, which puts them at risk for both stunted growth and mental development.

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“There has been so much violence for so long that the result is inevitably this kind of complete social decay,” said Les Roberts, a principal researcher in a series of public health surveys on mortality among Iraqis.

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says two million Iraqis have been “internally displaced” from their homes and another two million have left the country.

How is this not a form of mass-murder? How is what is happening there not a form of genocide? How can we continue to justify the suffering that the United States is inflicting on the Iraqis in this ill-guided war?

This is a humanitarian crisis that no reasonably moral person can stand by and let continue uncriticized.

I have no words.