Laith took that picture of a Baghdad sand storm on July 29. He reports that the high temperature that day was 109F -- perhaps falling to 83F overnight. And he wonders, why, after six years, his city still only gets about 5 hours of electric power a day? No electricity means no air conditioning.
Laith works for a U.S. newspaper; he's certainly no fan of the bad old regime. But he does remember expecting his city to have electricity. Before. Before the U.S. came marching in.
On top of the physical insecurity, this is what we're leaving Iraqis.