ATROCITIES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN June 19, 2007Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, Middle East.
There are those it is said in the American Administration, ensconced in Washington and far from the fighting in Baghdad and other places, who are proposing to extend the murderous rage of this war by bombing Iran, and following the inevitable retaliation, then unleashing the rein of nuclear weapons and bombs, regardless of their economic, political and environmental consequences. It would be better to prosecute such criminals before they act.
(Warning photo below fold may be distressing.)
The war in Iraq is more horrendous than we are allowed to see. The primary blame, I think, while it does not exclude criminal conduct by other participants must rest with those who chose to invade and occupy the country on the basis of lies. At the very least these criminals, and their puppets, should be put on trial. War can only ever be justified as a last resort. The following photo with its accompany explanation, accepted by me as prima facie true, is for me very distressing, but it is evidence of the obscenity that has now befallen the people of Iraq.
Mohammed Saleem, age 18 months, lies in a coffin in a Sadr City morgue Sunday June 6, 2004 after he and four other members of his family were killed Saturday night when U.S. forces opened fire hitting the vehicle in which they were traveling, according to the family.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim) – via Truthdig.
Chris Hedges at Truthdig quotes Robert Jay Lifton in describing Baghdad as an “atrocity-producing situation”. Hedges expands further:
. . . constant fear and stress leads troops to view everyone around them as the enemy. The hostility is compounded when the enemy, as in Iraq, is elusive, shadowy and hard to find. The rage that soldiers feel after a roadside bomb explodes, killing or maiming their comrades, is one that is easily directed over time to innocent civilians who are seen as supporting the insurgents. It is a short psychological leap, but a massive moral one. It is a leap from killing—the shooting of someone who has the capacity to do you harm—to murder—the deadly assault against someone who cannot harm you. The war in Iraq is now primarily about murder. There is very little killing. American Marines and soldiers have become, after four years of war, acclimated to atrocity.
The American killing project is not described in these terms to the distant public. The politicians still speak in the abstract of glory, honor and heroism, of the necessity of improving the world, in lofty phrases of political and spiritual renewal. The press, as in most wars, is slavishly compliant. The reality of the war—the fact that the occupation forces have become, along with the rampaging militias, a source of terror to most Iraqis—is not transmitted to the American public. The press chronicles the physical and emotional wounds visited on those who kill in our name. The Iraqis, those we kill, are largely nameless, faceless dead. Those who kill large numbers of people always claim it as a regrettable but necessary virtue.
By contrast, airborne murder is a more dispassionate activity and the coincidental loss of life can readily be explained to a distracted, and comfortable population. Deutsche Wella reports:
Seven children and several militants have been killed in a US-led coalition air strike against a suspected al-Qaeda safe house in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktika. Coalition spokesman Major Chris Belcher apologised for the deaths of the children. He said surveillance on the compound had indicated that no children were present and accused al-Qaeda of using “the protective status of a mosque, as well as innocent civilians, to shield themselves”.
There was no report of photos or the names of the dead children, nor any reference to their parents or families.