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Monday, March 27, 2006

Good News from Iraq

How's this for good news, Mr. Bush?
Baghdad provincial Governor Husayn al-Tahan said he is suspending all cooperation with U.S. forces until an independent investigation is launched into the killing of 20 Shi'a, allegedly in or near a mosque.

Speaking to reporters in Baghdad, al-Tahan said, "Today we decided to stop all political and service cooperation with the U.S. forces until a legal committee is formed to investigate this incident."

He said the inquiry panel should include representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the Iraqi Defense Ministry, but not the U.S. military.

Followers of radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr blame U.S. forces for killing the 20 Shi'a in and around a mosque in Baghdad on March 26.

The U.S. military denies the charges, saying Iraqi forces backed by U.S. advisers killed 16 insurgents in an operation in the same neighborhood.
This is just one incident in which the U.S. military is being investigated for murdering innocent Iraqi civilians, but you probably won't hear about this on TV because the media are afraid their reporting is too negative:
US military investigators are examining allegations that Marines shot unarmed Iraqis, then claimed they were "enemy fighters". In the same incident, eyewitnesses say, one man bled to death over a period of hours as soldiers ignored his pleas for help.

American military officials in Iraq have already admitted that 15 civilians who died in the incident in the western town of Haditha last November were killed by Marines, and not by a roadside bomb, as had previously been claimed. The only victim of the remotely triggered bomb, it is now conceded, was a 20-year-old Marine, Lance-Corporal Miguel Terrazas, from El Paso, Texas.

An inquiry has been launched by the US Navy's Criminal Investigation Service after the military was presented with evidence that the 15 civilians, including seven women and three children still in their nightclothes, had been killed in their homes in the wake of the bombing. If it is proved that they died in a rampage by the Marines, and not as a result of "collateral damage", it would rank as the worst case of deliberate killing of Iraqi civilians by US armed forces since the invasion three years ago.

4 Comments:

At 3/27/2006 1:27 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

This is just one incident in which the U.S. military is being investigated for murdering innocent Iraqi civilians"

Remind me again...if this is standard U.S. military behavior -- why are we supporting the troops?

 
At 3/27/2006 2:11 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

I don't support troops who intentionally murder innocent people. Do you?

I do support troops who joined the military because they have no other options in life. I do support troops who were decent people before they were thrown into a war orchestrated by the most incompetent government in US history.

 
At 3/27/2006 6:42 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

I don't support troops who intentionally murder innocent people. Do you?

No, I don't. But in war innocent people die. If you're saying that any soldier whe kills an innocent person in the line of duty is guilty of murder, then the list of troops you support must be a very very short list. (And aren't the one's that don't kill innocent victims still accesories to murder?)

"I do support troops who joined the military because they have no other options in life."

What about those that had options and chose the military? And of those that joined because they had no other options, do withdraw your support of them if they "murder" innocents in the line of duty?

"I do support troops who were decent people before they were thrown into a war orchestrated by the most incompetent government in US history."

Are you saying that they are no longer decent people after they were thrown into a war? I'm getting the feeling that "supporting the troops" is a pretty narrow proposition.....

 
At 3/31/2006 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Timmy, regarding your first post on this thread, who said killing civilians was 'standard U.S. military behavior'? Answer, you did, no one else. The reason these incidents are being investigated is because it's not suppose to be standard behavior. What I've noticed is that you indulged in an argument tactic that is quite common for the political right: set up an argument with a false premise, then go from there. It's a rigged game after that. Nice try, but I've seen this too many times to fall for it.

 

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