Thursday, August 31, 2006

Iraqis no longer living in fear

Iraqi hospitals are war’s new ‘killing fields’

A few days into his recovery at the facility, armed Shiite Muslim militiamen dragged the 43-year-old Sunni mason down the hallway floor, snapping intravenous needles and a breathing tube out of his body, and later riddled his body with bullets, family members said.
"We would prefer now to die instead of going to the hospitals," said Abu Nasr, 25, a Sunni cousin of Saud and former security guard from al-Madaan, a Baghdad suburb. "I will never go back to one. Never. The hospitals have become killing fields."
Pretty Fucked Up

And of course, news of a bombing doesn't really stand out since it happens just about every day, but here are some of the bombings du jour.

Dozens killed in new Iraq attacks

The bombing at the Shurja market killed 24 people and injured 35, police said. Other blasts and shootings left at least 14 dead in the Iraqi capital, while in Hilla, a bomb killed 12 men queuing to join the police. The Baghdad blasts come amid a joint US-Iraqi security clampdown that officials insist is working. The top US general in Iraq, George Casey, said on Wednesday he could see Iraqi forces taking on responsibility for the country's security within 12 to 18 months, with "very little" coalition support.
Isn't that what they said 12-18 months ago?

So what are the Iraqi military forces up to? Oh yeah, participating in sectarian violence.

Iraqi minister cancels truce with Shiite militia

Fighting erupted in Diwaniyah on Sunday between Iraqi army troops and the Mahdi Army militia.

Officials reported that 23 soldiers, 50 militants and eight civilians were killed before local officials could negotiate a ceasefire.

Visiting the city Wednesday, Defence Minister Abdel Qader Jassim Mohammed denounced the truce under which the army agreed to pull out of residential areas, and rejected the idea of concessions to the gunmen.

Sunni vs. Shia in the hospitals and in the streets. Arabs fleeing to Kurdistan. Dozens killed everyday by bombs and executions. But the Iraqis don't live in fear. Oh, and it's definitely not a civil war.


Blogger Lazaro74 said...

Oh, please--they just "hate freedom."* One problem with the present world situation is what I believed someone called "fuckup fatigue". Things just keep going wrong and wronger, and nobody in power has any clue what to do about it. Much of my will to try and do something was kicked out of me by the 2004 election; only now is it dribbling back.

God knows how other people must feel.

*Of course, a lot of the terrorists and probably a good many of the insurgents literally do, but the media hardly ever does a good job of figuring out who the Iraqi casualties actually are...

9/02/2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger beervolcano said...

It's getting worse and worse in Iraq. We're friggin stuck. Not to mention the Iraqis. But, just like in Vietnam, I think that if we pull out, things will get better. Actually, there's a fifty-fity shot that it could get worse, but if we stay in, those chances go to fer sure.

Yeah, the 2004 elections were totally bogus. You got Bush on one side saying things are great and Kerry on the other saying they aren't and so we need more troops and more money. Ugh, what the hell kind of choice is that?

9/03/2006 8:05 PM  

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