Freedom is on the march, but it keeps stepping in pools of blood.
Between 500 and 1000 Iraqis would be killed each month in the war-torn country, the Washington-based The Brookings Institution foreign policy expert Michael O’Hanlon said.
“Unfortunately, things have not yet gotten much better for the Iraqi population either in terms of car bombings or general casualties from crime or from the ongoing civil conflict,” Dr O’Hanlon told ABC radio.
The economic conditions in the country, although gradually improving, were no better than under the leadership of Saddam Hussein.
“I think that the progress here is probably only about back now to where things were under Saddam Hussein.
“The economy is only a little better than it was under Saddam. It may be no better at all if you look at certain indicators like unemployment.”