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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

the possible collapse of a damn in iraq

has 'ALARMED' american officials. i in NO WAY want to trivialize that. nor do i want ONE MORE PERSON in iraq to be hurt or displaced by either human hand or act of nature hand. want i DO WANT is for american officials to be ALARMED at what's going on in america. too bad they weren't 'ALARMED' during the time of katrina, huh?

Iraqi Dam Seen In Danger of Deadly Collapse

By Amit R. Paley Washington Post Foreign Service
AT THE MOSUL DAM, Iraq -- The largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water, possibly killing thousands of people and flooding two of the largest cities in the country, according to new assessments by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other U.S. officials.
Even in a country gripped by daily bloodshed, the possibility of a catastrophic failure of the
Mosul Dam has alarmed American officials, who have concluded that it could lead to as many as 500,000 civilian deaths by drowning Mosul under 65 feet of water and parts of Baghdad under 15 feet, said Abdulkhalik Thanoon Ayoub, the dam manager. "The Mosul dam is judged to have an unacceptable annual failure probability," in the dry wording of an Army Corps of Engineers draft report. ............

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