Today I got home early and flipped on the tube. Oprah was on and her show is about being 30 years old in different countries around the world. A very cool idea and well done to boot. When it came time for the 30 year old from Iraq, things took a turn.
The woman spoke of things being worse since the Occupation. She said there was no electricity, no water and women were being raped left and right and lived in constant fear for their lives. Oprah said "I thought things were much better", and was surprised to learn that it is much worse than when Saddam was in power (the woman's brother and father were killed under Saddam). She now owns a rifle and said women now stay home for days at a time out of fear for their lives.
THEN came the kicker. She said women in Iraq are now becoming terribly addicted to Valium. She said Valium costs about 20 CENTS a BOTTLE and NO prescription is required and women now get a bottle of Valium when they go out to get a bottle of water. She said you now see women and they are in a total daze as they can't deal with the extreme heat and the extreme and unrelenting fear. Oprah (and the audience) were absolutely shocked at what they were hearing.
My question is how can we get this to be talked about in the news media? I know that alot of people learned this today and it will be the stuff of conversation. But this needs to be brought up in a political arena and the news media.
We are now helping to create a nation of addicts. Valium is a horribly addictive substance and women are gobbling them up in Iraq like Tic-Tacs. They have no drug info and no counseling and detox facilities. This is a catastrophe in the making.
Any thoughts Kossacks?