Monday, October 22, 2007

Occupation Watch

The U.S. military said its forces killed an estimated 49 militants during a dawn raid to capture an Iranian-linked militia chief in Baghdad's Sadr City enclave, one of the highest tolls for a single operation since President Bush declared an end to active combat in 2003.

Iraqi police and hospital officials, who often overstate casualties, reported only 15 deaths including three children. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said all the dead were civilians.

Associated Press photos showed the bodies of two toddlers, one with a gouged face, swaddled in blankets on a morgue floor. Their shirts were pulled up, exposing their abdomens, and a diaper showed above the waistband of one boy's shorts. Relatives said the children were killed when helicopter gunfire hit their house as they slept.

One local resident said some of the casualties were people sleeping on roofs to seek relief from the heat and lack of electricity. The Iraqi officials said 52 were wounded in the raid on the sprawling district.

A local resident who goes by the name Abu Fatmah said his neighbor's 14-year-old son, Saif Alwan, was killed while sleeping on the roof.

''Saif was killed by an airstrike and what is his guilt? Is he from the Mahdi Army? He is a poor student,'' Abu Fatmah said.

An uncle of 2-year-old Ali Hamid said the boy was killed and his parents seriously wounded when helicopter gunfire pierced the wall and windows of their house as they slept indoors.

Relatives gathered at Sadr City's Imam Ali hospital where the emergency room was overwhelmed with bloodied casualties. The dead were placed in caskets covered by Iraqi flags.

APTN video showed three bloodied boys sitting on hospital tables and an elderly man being treated for a head wound. Mourners tied wooden coffins onto the tops of minivans with a plume of smoke in the background. Other footage showed a U.S. helicopter flying over the area while black smoke rose.
The untenable becomes the insane....


Blogger Llyonnoc of the Woods said...

"The untenable becomes the insane . . ." So true so what if it is even insaner than you portray.

This was not a military operation. It was a police operation against criminal elements. The military was after people they believed were involved in criminal activities such a kidnapping. It had nothing to do with attacks on the military.

How do we justify using tactics against a people that we do not use against own own people. Do we now charge into neighborhoods with guns blazing if we believe drug dealings are occurring? Do we chase bank robbers with helicopters and strafe the car and any cars in the neighborhood.

The madness is we are using military weapons to fight ordinary crime. We are killing innocent people without justifications. Oh, I forget, there not people, they are Iraqis.

10/22/2007 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BEGGARS CAN BE CHOOSERS Borrows A Page From Nutcase Blogs
Browsing news stories of the latest carnage from Iraq today, my eye caught this extraordinary sentence buried in an AP report about U.S. forces claiming to have killed 49 militants in a dawn raid in Baghdad's Sadr City Shiite enclave: "Iraqi police and hospital officials, who often overstate casualties, reported only 15 deaths including three children." Say what? This sounds like the sort of wild-eyed, paranoia-fueled conspiracy claim that one normally would find only in the extreme fringe far-right blogosphere.

10/22/2007 12:26 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

Iraqi police and hospital officials, who often overstate casualties

According to who? Our military's estimate of those killed? Do the reporters go down to the hospitals and do a body count? It would be nice if they would clarify that point. Are they insinuating that the Iraqi police and hospital officials release inflated numbers to make the US military look bad? If they do...why do they do this? Do the Iraqi police and hospital officials sympathize with the Iraqi resistance and want the US out? Is that their motivation for releasing inflated numbers?

I don't know the answer to any of these questions but I would think if I was a reporter...I would like to find out...and explain it to the American public.

10/22/2007 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The military have learned from Bush and Cheney to lie through their teeth as there will be no fallout.

They know that they will never be held to account, so they can merrily go on slaudering Iraqis to their hearts content. They have learned from the Isrealis that all arabs are subhuman and therefore it is no sin.

Soon they will be able to do that to the persians also, who are also considered subhumans and our God will approve with gusto the coming bloodbath. Nothing is too bloody in the persued of freedom.

Heil to our brave GOP that will lead us soon into the abyss.

If this is Christianity, I WANT NO PART OF IT!!!

10/22/2007 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

most of the current death and destruction going on in iraq today is iraqis killing each other.

they want us out, all they need do is say the word.

10/22/2007 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, the straw figures we have managed to put into office will have the guts to tell us to leave.

Even if they did it, do you really believe we will leave? Bush and Cheney do not give a @#**@ about the wishes of the Iraquis and their so-called government.
And a government that has no army, no police and cannot even control enough territory to house its government is a joke.
Just to let you know it is hiding in the green zone which is 150% under our control.

I know there is a lot of violance there, but we maime and kill with total disregard for civilians.

We are so supportive of them that they are saying they were better of under Saddam Hussain.

So that shows you just how great our behavior is in Iraq.

10/22/2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger LFC said...

adam said... they want us out, all they need do is say the word.

The legally elected Iraqi government has told Blackwater to leave NOW. What do you think the odds are that this will happen, Adam?

10/23/2007 1:47 PM  
Anonymous NeilS said...

By definition anyone we kill or torture is a terrorist.

Otherwise, why would we torture them?

So the right wing thinks that police and military can do no wrong, whereas other branches of government can do no right, including the 'jack-booted thugs' of the ATF, IRS and SEC.

It's like creationism. You start with your conclusion and back track to the facts.

"Off with their heads!" screamed the Queen of Hearts. First the sentence and then the trial.

10/24/2007 5:02 PM  
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