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More Iraqi “criminals” killed

In my opinion, people who have internet access have few if any legitimate reasons for claiming ignorance of the actions of US government forces in Iraq. Google News carries over 100 related stories as I type this.

Since the UK has announced intentions to leave Iraq, the BBC seems to have stepped up their level of reporting clarity. Perhaps I’m expressing too much cynicism with that sentence, but I thought their article on this incident carried an interesting phrasing:

Forty-nine Iraqi “criminals” have been killed in three separate raids in Sadr City in the capital, Baghdad, the US military says.

“The operation’s objective was an individual reported to be a long-time Special Groups member specialising in kidnapping operations,” it said.

Iraqi sources said women and children were among those killed, but the US said it was not aware of this.

Later the article goes on:

“We were waking in the morning and all of a sudden rockets landed in the house and the children were screaming,” it quoted a woman as saying.

An official loyal to Moqtada Sadr said the attack was “simply barbaric”.

“Most of those killed and wounded were women, children and elderly men which shows the indiscriminate monstrosity of the attacks on this crowded area,” Abdul-Mehdi al-Muteyri told Reuters news agency.

But the US military denied civilians had been killed.

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
— Thomas Jefferson

Like Jefferson, I don’t have what most people would consider conventional American religious beliefs. However, I’m not sure if proclaiming “Not in my name” really makes much difference in the end.

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