Saturday, June 03, 2006

'Innocents Slaughtered'

Incompetent fools, sending soldiers to kill and die

Our in bed media has never reported the truth of the atrocities against Iraqi civilians until now, when the war is going badly and the casualties have piled up and up and up. War is hideous. Our military leaders with their scrambled egg chests full of medals and ribbons are incompetent, like everyone else appointed or promoted by the Bush Administration. The soldiers are under attack by an enemy they cannot see, whose language they do not understand, a classic guerrilla war. Trained to kill, they strike back indiscriminately. Robert Fisk's editorial from the Independent (reprinted in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) is chilling but I suspect accurate.

Robert Fisk: The way Americans like their war

Could Haditha be just the tip of the mass grave?

The corpses we have glimpsed, the grainy footage of the cadavers and the dead children; could these be just a few of many? Does the handiwork of the United States' army of the slums go further?

I remember clearly the first suspicions I had that murder most foul might be taking place in our name in Iraq. I was in the Baghdad mortuary, counting corpses, when one of the city's senior medical officials, an old friend, told me of his fears. "Everyone brings bodies here," he said. "But when the Americans bring bodies in, we are instructed that under no circumstances are we ever to do post-mortems. We were given to understand that this had already been done. Sometimes we'd get a piece of paper like this one with a body." And here the man handed me a U.S. military document showing with the hand-drawn outline of a man's body and the words "trauma wounds."


We have all heard of Bloody Sunday. The Israelis sat and watched while their proxy Lebanese militia butchered and eviscerated its way through 1,700 Palestinians. And of course the words My Lai are now uttered again. Yes, the Nazis were much worse. And the Japanese. And the Croatian Ustashi. But this is us. This is our army. These young soldiers are our representatives in Iraq. And they have innocent blood on their hands.

I suspect part of the problem is that we never really cared about Iraqis, which is why we refused to count their dead. Once the Iraqis turned upon the army of occupation with their roadside bombs and suicide cars, they became Arab "gooks," the evil sub-humans whom the Americans once identified in Vietnam. Get a president to tell us that we are fighting evil and one day we will wake to find that a child has horns, a baby has cloven feet.

Remind yourself these people are Muslims and they can all become little Mohamed Attas. Killing a roomful of civilians is only a step further from all those promiscuous air strikes that we are told kill 'terrorists" but which all too often turn out to be a wedding party or -- as in Afghanistan -- a mixture of "terrorists" and children or, as we are soon to hear, no doubt, "terrorist children."


For who can be held to account when we regard ourselves as the brightest, the most honorable of creatures, doing endless battle with the killers of Sept. 11 or July 7 because we love our country and our people -- but not other people -- so much. And so we dress ourselves up as Galahads, yes as Crusaders, and we tell those whose countries we invade that we are going to bring them democracy. I can't help wondering today how many of the innocents slaughtered in Haditha took the opportunity to vote in the Iraqi elections -- before their "liberators" murdered them.

Raw Story has photos of the civilians murdered at Ishaqi. Not for the squeamish; so many are children.

The military has already investigated the slaughter at Ishaqi, and pronounced it good:

U.S. commanders used appropriate force in taking down a safe house in Iraq during a March 15 military raid that led to the deaths of as many as a dozen civilians, according to the results of an investigation announced in Baghdad yesterday.


Anonymous said...

The US military is destroying hundreds of thousands of lives in Iraq. Is it any wonder why the Iraqis hate the occupation?

The Iraqi woman who made this video is incredibly brave. Please, watch this video and pass it along...

Bukko_in_Australia said...

It's truly disgusting, what the U.S. is doing. My wife and I were so sickened by the slaughter done with our tax money that we emigrated to Australia last December. Lucky for us, I'm a registered nurse, so with a bit of effort, I could get a work visa and find a job here. We're also worried about an implosion of the U.S. economy when the financial foolishness of the Cheney Administration (you know he's the REAL power) destroys the value of the dollar. Life is not perfect here, but we can rest with clean consciences that we did what we could to stop it, then got the hell outta Dodge when we couldn't. And the guilt of a nuclear attack on Iran won't be on our souls.

The trouble is, there is no good outcome posible in Iraq. The U.S. can stay there and keep killing and getting killed, but eventually it will be driven out. Then Iran will hold sway over the oily parts, the Kurds will set up their own regime that will destabilise southern Turkey, the anarchic middle will become a new terrorist breeding ground, and eventually the instability will spread to Saudi Arabia. Then the global oil-based economy is going to be wrecked. We're in for some bad, bad times. The car has already gone fof the cliff; the only question is how many people will be slattered when it lands.

We're all well and truly screwed. Enjoy civilisation whilst you can!