Archive | April, 2006

Subject to the Penalty of Death

This weekend I received an email from a friend in Iraq. It read, “Salam Dahr, I was in Ramadi today to ask about the situation. I was stunned for the news of a father and his three sons executed in cold blood by US soldiers, then they blasted the house. The poor mother couldn’t stand the shock, so she died of a heart attack.”

Sounds unbelievable, until you consider this short clip from CNN, which shows a war crime being committed by US troops in Iraq. In this clip, shot on October 26, 2003, Marines are seen killing a wounded Iraqi who was writhing on the ground, and cheering. One of the murderers then told CNN, “These guys are dead now you know, but it was a good feeling … and afterwards you’re like, hell yeah, that was awesome, let’s do it again.”

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Baghdad Slipping Into Civil War

BAGHDAD — The new clashes between Shia militiamen dressed in Iraqi military and police uniforms and resistance fighters and residents from the Sunni Adhamiya district of Baghdad have convinced many that what Baghdad is witnessing is no less than a civil war.

For long now, some leaders from both Shia and Sunni communities have been making peace moves, but this has done little to check escalating sectarian violence following the Feb. 22 bombing of the Shia Golden Mosque in Samarra.

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The Ongoing War on Truth in Iraq

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information. The Baghdad communiqu├ęs are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows … We are today not far from a disaster.– T.E. Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), The Sunday Times, August 1920

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Baghdad Morgue Overflowing Daily

BAGHDAD, Apr 14 (IPS) – As sectarian killings continue to rise in Iraq, the central morgue in Baghdad is unable to keep up with the daily influx of bodies.

The morgue is receiving a minimum of 60 bodies a day and sometimes more than 100, a morgue employee told IPS on condition of anonymity.

“The average is probably over 85,” said the employee on the morning of April 12, as scores of family members waited outside the building to see if their loved ones were among the dead.

The family of a man named Ashraf who had been taken away by the Iraqi police Feb. 16 anxiously searched through digital photographs inside the morgue. He then found what he was looking for.

“His two sons were killed when Ashraf was taken,” said his uncle, 50-year-old Aziz. “Ashraf was a bricklayer who was simply trying to do his job, and now we see what has become of him in our new democracy.”

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