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Saturday, April 17, 2004
How many dead Iraqis does it take to "liberate" Iraq?
I'm sure the U.S. aim in Iraq isn't to kill as many sand niggers, but that doesn't mean many civilian deaths are not happening, or that the U.S. shouldn't be held accountable...
In today's Guardian, Ronan Bennett writes, "the evidence of the bodies alone gives the lie to the American account: at least 350 of the dead in Falluja have been women and children." (Thanks to a contributor to mailing list that I'm on.)
"US snipers in Falluja shoot unarmed man in the back, old woman with white flag, children fleeing their homes and the ambulance that we were going in to fetch a woman in premature labour," Jo Wilding writes in an April 13 report from the scene.
Some of the injured are being treated in Baghdad, IRIN reports in an April 14 story.
The U.S. is detaining Iraqi soldiers who refuse to do what they are told, Reuters reports in a story dated April 16.
Despite all this, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, says the insurgency against the U.S. is right to say "a symptom of the success that we're having here in Iraq."
And CNN is right to question why any media outlet would want to report civilian deaths at the hands of Uncle Sam. Why? Because America is fighting for freedom.
If you doubt that, just look at Afghanistan, where the U.S. is injuring and killing civilians in order to stabilize a place where, in the words of Anna Badkhen of The San Francisco Chronicle, "an Afghan woman... has no rights."