Iraqi Marshlands

2007 06 02
Interview on the Iraqi Marshland

Very interesting. (Previous posts on this subject: 1, 2, 3.)

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2005 02 24
More on Iraq’s Marshes

Sorry to go on about this, but I find it just fascinating.

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2005 02 20
Iraq’s Marshes

Via Mirabilis, a hopeful report about the future of Iraq’s marshes.

Saddam Hussein’s deliberate destruction of the marshes during the 90s was one of the worst environmental catastrophes of the last fifty years – and a humanitarian crisis to boot, since it displaced so many people, and almost destroyed a way of life that was literally thousands of years old. The invasion of Iraq came just in the knick of time to save the marshes. Whether, in the long run they actually do manage to reverse the damage is another question. But at least now there is a chance to save the area.

Even a complete restoration of the marshes wouldn’t change my view of the war. But all the same I want to say: This too has to be weighed in the balance. This matters too.

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2004 07 23
Restoring Iraqi Marshlands Project Launched by UN Environment Programme

From the United Nations Environmental Program:
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2003 10 14
[Marsh Arabs of Iraq]

‘A Gift From God’ Renews a Village (

This is not just feel-good propaganda. The plight of the Marsh Arabs under Saddam Hussein was well-documented, even if rarely commented on in the mainstream press. It’s worth recalling that if the U.S. hadn’t invaded, this 1000 year old way of life would surely have vanished within the next decade.

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