In the past month alone (see "Bloody Iraq"), 1000 have died in the aftermath of the Iraq War. Whether you call 1000 dead an "aftermath" is of course debatable.
Violence has increased sharply in Iraq over the past two months, with bombings in civilian areas growing more frequent as fears grow that widespread sectarian conflict may once again break out in the country. The bloodshed has accelerated since a deadly April 23 crackdown by security forces on a Sunni protest in the northern town of Hawija.From Hufpo
Sectarian violence by the way was always the exit strategy of Bush and his cronies, so it's not surprising this continues today.
But follow me across the jump. and lets take a look back at the reasons for the war.
People say we're not fighting for oil. Of course we are.Then-U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel in 2007
This Iraq Hydrocarbons Law, partially drafted by the Western oil industry, would lock the nation into private foreign investment under the most corporate-friendly terms. The Bush administration pushed the Iraqi government both publicly and privately to pass the law. And in January 2007, as the ''surge" of 20,000 additional American troops was being finalized, the president set specific benchmarks for the Iraqi government, including the passage of new oil legislation to "promote investment, national unity, and reconciliation."CNN
Iraq's oil production has increased by more than 40% in the past five years to 3 million barrels of oil a day (still below the 1979 high of 3.5 million set by Iraq's state-owned companies), but a full 80% of this is being exported out of the country while Iraqis struggle to meet basic energy consumption needs. GDP per capita has increased significantly yet remains among the lowest in the world and well below some of Iraq's other oil-rich neighbors. Basic services such as water and electricity remain luxuries, while 25% of the population lives in poverty.CNN
So the horror of life in Iraq continues.
Those who apparently only went along with it like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton have been un-punished as well, as one is the current Sec of State, the other the former one who is posed for another run at the Presidency.