May 27, 2006
It isn't every day we hear of the details of the horrors the US
military and the pro-war, pro-Iraqi death gang have inflicted on Iraq.
Well, actually, let me correct myself. It isn't every day we hear of
these details in the US media.
Which is why I have to tip my hat for Ellen Knickmeyer for her report in the Washington Post.
Her article on the Haditha Massacre has made the rounds on very many
blogs recently because of some of the details that emerge in her
For example, "... recalled hearing his neighbor
across the street, Younis Salim Khafif, plead in English for his life
and the lives of his family members. "I heard Younis speaking to the
Americans, saying: 'I am a friend. I am good,' " Fahmi said. "But they
killed him, and his wife and daughters."
imagine that scene? A man pleading for his life, for his family to be
spared only to get mowed down. Seriously, I can only think of stuff
like that when I remember war movies of Vietnamese getting cut to
pieces by the US military or Nazis killing Italians or the Roman
Legionnaires butchering Gaulish villagers.
But this isn't a
movie, and it really isn't a video game either. These people are human
souls. And they have kin who will fight back.
Knickmeyer says "...U.S. investigators said in Washington. The girls
killed inside Khafif's house were ages 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1, according to
My God, who can kill a child, a suckling
babe? I can't imagine what grips a man to be able to point a weapon at
a one-year-old. A one-year-old! Was the US Marine who pulled the
trigger thinking of Battlefield, the game some of the military
personnel like to play?
Was he thinking of the two towers and
9-11? What went through his mind? Was he thinking of his own children?
Or his neighbor's children back home?
Yes, we heard that US
military personnel have now become incensed to the point of total
regard for human life. And we heard that from their own officers.
We also heard that British officers sharply rebuked the US military for dealing with Iraqis as untermenschen, subhumans. Precisely the way the Jews were dealt with. Let us not forget the atrocities committed in the Warsaw Ghetto.
But there's more.
the house with Ali and his 66-year-old wife, Khamisa Tuma Ali, were
three of the middle-aged male members of their family, at least one
daughter-in-law and four children -- 4-year-old Abdullah, 8-year-old
Iman, 5-year-old Abdul Rahman and 2-month-old Asia.
entered shooting, witnesses recalled. Most of the shots -- in Ali's
house and two others -- were fired at such close range that they went
through the bodies of the family members and plowed into walls or the
floor, physicians at Haditha's hospital said.
a tragic but we have heard hundreds of stories from Iraqi survivors who
have claimed the exact same thing, that US soldiers come shooting into
the private homes of Iraqi civilians. But these Iraqis were called
We have heard such accounts from some US soldiers
themselves, shamed by their own conduct, but they were called traitors,
un-American, and liars as well.
Is it American then to kill and
coverup? I don't get it. What is un-American about admitting murder or
an evil act? I thought "truth, justice, and the American way" are
modern lexicons and America, we all have been raised to believe, stands
Sure, I will get those who claim I am
anti-American. That's sad because I actually am very pro-American. I
just believe that those who kill and maim in America's name and with your taxes paying for it, are un-American. Not the other way round, you see.
took nine rounds in the chest and abdomen, leaving his intestines
spilling out of the exit wounds in his back, according to his death
Pump full of lead, huh? Tsk, tsk ...
Marines shot them at close range and hurled grenades into the kitchen
and bathroom, survivors and neighbors said later. Khafif's pleas could
be heard across the neighborhood. Four of the girls died screaming."
Such horror. Am sorry, but nothing at all justifies this. Nothing.
to a third house in the row, Marines burst in on four brothers, Marwan,
Qahtan, Chasib and Jamal Ahmed. Neighbors said the Marines killed them
"The remains of the 24 lie
today in a cemetery called Martyrs' Graveyard. Stray dogs scrounge in
the deserted homes. "Democracy assassinated the family that was here,"
graffiti on one of the houses declared."
Yes, the same democracy Blair and Bush asked the world to support in Iraq.
Marines' accounts offered in the early stages of the investigation
described a running gun battle, those versions of the story proved to
be false, officials briefed by the Marines said." Flights of Hollywood
But are they trying to cover up this Hollywood fantasy? Seriously, how many people are actually involved in this?
point of dispute is whether some houses were destroyed by fire or by
airstrikes. Some Iraqis reported that the Marines burned houses in the
area of the attack, but two people familiar with the case, including
Hackett, the lawyer, said warplanes conducted airstrikes, dropping
500-pound bombs on more than one house.
That is significant for
any possible court-martial proceedings, because it would indicate that
senior commanders, who must approve such strikes and who would also use
aircraft to assess their effects, were paying attention to events in
Haditha that day."
"They are waiting
for the sentence -- although they are convinced that the sentence will
be like one for someone who killed a dog in the United States," said
Waleed Mohammed, a lawyer preparing a file for Iraqi courts and the
United Nations, if the U.S. trial disappoints. "Because Iraqis have
become like dogs in the eyes of Americans."
would disagree. Dogs are far more precious. You see them cuddled on
primetime news. You hear of orphaned dogs, you hear of dogs rescued
from the pound.
But you don't hear of killed Iraqi civilians.
Was an Iraqi man killed for dancing at his own wedding?
Iraqi inspiration quote FROM
Mark from Ireland: "They died at the hands of the depraved dogs set loose upon the city
which was their home by the modern Hulegu. Long after he, his barbaric blood-drenched empire,
and all his pomps and works are no more than a memory at which men spit,
Baghdad - "the city given by God" will be there, serene, triumphant, beautiful.
Iraqi inspiration quote FROM
Fayrouz: I'm more interested in reading the opinions of Iraqi bloggers
than reading the American bloggers analysis of the siuation.
Yes, you can add me to the list of your enemies of all I'm concerned.