As we’ve noted before, members of Congress have recently decided that it would be a great thing ™ to make Iraqis pay for their reconstruction or as Rahm Emanuel stated "They have got to have some skin in the game."
Not surprising, this is not going over well in Iraq. Fatih Abdulsalam of Azzaman Iraq makes this very clear:
Demands like these are not only unacceptable but are in a sense meant to punish Iraqis for the destruction and devastation U.S.-waged invasion and occupation of their country has caused.
Does it mean that the U.S. Congress wants us to pay billions of dollars for the reconstruction of bridges, hospitals, schools as well as cities, towns and villages U.S. warplanes and military might have destroyed? (snip)
Iraqis have been made to pay with their blood which has been flowing like rivers since the U.S. invasion. And shockingly the U.S. would like them to pay for the destruction it has inflicted on their country as if their blood is not enough.
The U.S. is morally responsible for the construction of Iraq but it is doubtful whether its political leaders have any more morality left. The whole Iraq war is morally wrong. It is too much indeed to ask the U.S. to get it morally right. [..]
Skin in the game, Rahm? It seems the Iraqis are the ones getting skinned.
Video: Dr Dahlia Wasfi's testimony before the Democratic Congressional Forum on Iraq April 26, 2006 on the price the people of Iraq have already paid.