Better Off Under Saddam

From Holden:

There’s really no doubt anymore is there?

Almost twice as many Iraqi children are suffering from malnutrition since the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, a U.N. monitor said Monday.

Four percent of Iraqis under age 5 went hungry in the months after Saddam’s ouster in April 2003, and the rate nearly doubled to 7.7 percent last year, said Jean Ziegler, the U.N. Human Rights Commission’s special expert on the right to food.

The situation is “a result of the war led by coalition forces,” he said.

Overall, more than a quarter of Iraqi children don’t get enough to eat, Ziegler told the 53-nation commission, the top U.N. human rights watchdog.

The U.S. delegation did not respond to the report, and diplomats at the U.S. mission to the United Nations’ European headquarters in Geneva also said they would not comment.