Iraqi businessman's family tragedy
AN IRAQI born Ipswich businessman has slammed the occupation of Iraq after a member of his family disappeared in a bomb blast.Bob Zablok had planned to visit Baghdad in the coming weeks to attend a family wedding but the event was cancelled after his niece's husband went missing in Sunday's suicide attack.
AN IRAQI born Ipswich businessman has slammed the occupation of Iraq after a member of his family disappeared in a bomb blast.
Bob Zablok had planned to visit Baghdad in the coming weeks to attend a family wedding but the event was cancelled after his niece's husband went missing in Sunday's suicide attack.
Louaay Azzawi had been working close to the coalition headquarters when a truck packed with 300kgs of explosives blew up outside.
His body has not been found but identification has been pulled from the wreckage, Mr Zablok and his family fear the worst.
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He said: "They haven't found his body yet – probably there isn't one.
"He has left behind a wife and three children, the youngest is nine months old – another fatherless child, what is the price of peace in Iraq?
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"It isn't just Saddam who has destroyed Iraq but all these self acclaimed clerks that have nothing to occupy their mind but to kill to gain power."
Mr Zablok believes that the country should now be handed over to the United Nations, he claims the situation is worsening while coalition forces are in control.
He added: "There are 25 attacks every day and that number is increasing.
"There is no border control so the trigger happy can come in and out with no visa – it's ridiculous.
"Iraqis feel that nothing is being done – the Democrats say one thing and the Republicans another but it is all about who will win the next election.
"It is time for America to realise that without peace and without law and order there won't be any progress in rebuilding Iraq."
Mr Zablok left Iraq 30 years ago and has returned once in that time – he now feels that it is unsafe for him to visit his family in Baghdad.
"I was looking froward to going back and seeing what is going on but I won't go now as I don't know what to expect.
"With Saddam the people in Iraq knew where they stood – they kept their head down and carried on with their lives.
"This American selected interim government has no respect from Iraqis, there is no constitution and no civil wars – thousands of people are shot dead by one gang or other, if not by friendly American fire."