Thursday, September 21, 2006
More horrific signs of torture & Latest Insurgents: "Gangs" of Iraqi kids attacking US soldiers
If you can stomach it, please read this LA Times' article: "A new UN report released Weds says that 5106 people in Baghdad died violent deaths during July/ Aug, a number far higher than reports that have relied on figures from the city's morgue. The report also describes evidence of torture on many of the bodies found in Baghdad (deaths whether from sectarian fighting, death squads, or official detention centers) such as gouged-out eyeballs, wounds from nails, power drills and acid, beatings from electrical cables, head and genital mutilation, broken bones of the spine, legs and hands, missing skin and teeth, and electric and cigarette burns." Wow. Thank God we deposed that torture happy dictator Saddam, huh? This has certainly been worth the $300+ billion, huh? But always remember, no matter how clearly the Iraqi people show us that they want us to get the hell out of their country, according to BushCo, the minute the Iraqis ask us to go, we'll be leaving: "Gangs" of up to a 100 kids (some as young as 6 or 7 yrs old) are roaming around Sadr City, (a stronghold of radical anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army militia) to hurl stone, bottles of oil, cement blocks and gas bombs at US convoys, hoping to lure US troops into ambushes or provoke them into shooting back, US soldiers say. US soldiers have seen young men, their faces covered by bandanas, talking with the children before the rock-throwing attacks begin, sometimes handing out slingshots so the volleys will be more accurate, the troops said. "It's like a militia operation. They'll mass rocks on the last or second-to-last vehicle" in a US patrol, said Capt. Chris L'Heureux, 30, of Woonsocket, R.I. "There's no doubt in my mind that they're utilizing these kids in a deliberate, thought-out way." Al-Sadr's followers insist they are not organizing attacks by children. Ali al-Yassiri, an aide to al-Sadr, told The AP: "Such behavior by Iraqi children is spontaneous and the natural reaction from innocent children who are witnessing horrible deeds committed by the occupation forces in Iraq." I honestly don't what is saddest about this news: The fact that these kids are doing this b/c their elders want them to or b/c these kids now genuinely do hate the US, OR that our soldiers have to deal with being pelted by these kids-- unable to really do anything about it except point a gun at the kids and blow them away-- while worrying if it is an ambush.