I have criticized Indonesians and Thai villagers for burning garbage. Yet, to some extent such behavior is understandable, as some impoverished Southeast Asians do not know any better.
The same cannot be said for Americans. They know better.
CNN reports that the US army disposes of its waste at major bases in Iraq by burning it in open pits. In fact, KBR has been sued in connection with the burning. According to the CNN article, the US military now admits that the smoke may be harmful the health of American troops. Well duh.
But what about the health of Iraqis living nearby and the effects of burning industrial waste on the environment?