Sunday, November 18, 2007

We Don't Negotiate With Dams

According to the Washington Post,
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.

Via the ever brilliant Bors Blog

1 comment:

Dark Daughta said...

But, of course, they're not interested in taking any of the billions of dollars they're spending to make war and fix that dam. If the dam busts, they'll be able to justify their mission there as a humanitarian one for a democratic nation in crisis. How sweet.