A retired British army general has recently argued that the US and its allies should ‘admit defeat’ and leave Iraq. He also says that Iraq's insurgents are justified in opposing the occupation. Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers Report [PDF] says Iraq was once ‘the envy of the Arab world’ for its health statistics and low child mortality, but thanks to sanctions and invasion is now on a par with sub-Saharan Africa, with very high child mortality. As NoRightTurn sarcastically replies, But hey, at least those babies died free, right? Meanwhile, Alternet has pointed out that a Majority of Iraqi Lawmakers Now Reject Occupation. It was hardly reported in the west, but recently 144 Iraqi MPs (out of 275) signed a legislative petition calling on the United States to leave their country.