In the wake of the U.S. invasion in 2003, widespread looting took place in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. Coalition troops largely ignored the looting and allowed several days of anarchy to reign in the newly-occupied country. The national museum and numerous government institutions were ransacked, as were countless private residences.
When asked at a news conference about the problem, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously replied, “Freedom is untidy.”
In October, we interviewed an Iraqi refugee who, along with his family, actually lived the nightmare of Rumsfeld’s “untidy” version of freedom. Click on the play button below to hear Part One of his interview:
Click here to listen to Part Two of Mr. A.’s story.
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