02 June 2006

Uncle Sam's Slaughter of Civilians in Iraq Continues

Public outrage continues to rise over the conduct of Uncle Sam's GI Joes during their massacre in Haditha, as well as their cold blooded murder of 2 women - one of them pregnant - in Salah al-Din, and another report, printed in the Daily Star reporting that, "US soldiers killed two women, aged 60 and 20, and a mentally handicapped man in their home on May 4 after insurgents fired on the troops."

And, despite claims of innocence made by Sam's utterly discredited military establishment, the recent BBC report of another massacre in the city of Ishaqi will only fuel the outrage. In the piece, the BBC airs a video and discusses a report made by the police in which they:
Accuse the US troops of rounding up and deliberately shooting 11 people in the house, including five children and four women, before blowing up the building.

The video material obtained by the BBC shows a number of dead adults and children at the site with what our world affairs editor John Simpson says were clearly gunshot wounds.
Middle East Online adds that, "The BBC's Ian Pannell in Baghdad said the footage has been cross-checked with other images taken at the time of events and is believed to be genuine."

As Uncle Sam proved when it cavalierly dismissed the Ishaqi report, it will continue its Shuck'N'Jive with the"few bad apples" fantasy whenever cases like these emerge. But, to all but the true-believers, Uncle Sam's denials have no credibility. The crimes committed by Uncle Sam's GI Joes throughout Iraq - from Basra to Baghdad to Samarra to Fallujah to Ramadi to Ishaqi - prove atrocities like these are routine. No silly military investigation will prove otherwise. They eminate out of policy decisions, ordered from the highest levels of government, that dehumanize the Iraqi people.

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