Killing Women and Children: The “My Lai Phase” Of The
By Mike Whitney
-- -- What goes through George Bush’s mind
when he sees the dead bodies of Iraqi women and children loaded
on the back of a pickup truck like garbage?
Is there ever a flicker of remorse; a split-second when he fully
grasps the magnitude of the horror he has created?
March 15 was another defining moment in America’s downward
moral-spiral in Iraq. Eleven members of an Iraqi family were
killed in a wanton act of slaughter executed by American
Photos taken at the scene show the lifeless bodies of young
, barely old enough to walk, lying motionless in
the back of a flatbed truck while their fathers moan
inconsolably at their side.
What parent can look at these photographs
and not be consumed
The US military openly admits it attacked the house in Ishaqi
where the incident took place. Reuters reports that, “Major Ali
Ahmed of the Ishaqi police said US forces landed on the roof of
the house in the early hours and shot the 11 occupants,
including five children.”
“After they left the house they blew it up”, he said. “The
bodies, their hands bound, had been dumped in one room before
the house was destroyed,” (policeman) Hussein said. Police had
found spent American issue cartridges in the rubble.” (Reuters)
The autopsy report at the Tikrit hospital said, “All the victims
had gunshot wounds to the head”.
Iraqi policeman Farouq Hussein noted, “It is a clear and perfect
crime without any doubt”.
The evidence provided by Reuters suggests that we have entered
the “My Lai phase” of the Iraq war, where the pretensions about
democracy and liberation are stripped-away and replaced with the
gratuitous butchery of women and children. The carnage in Ishaqi
illustrates the growing recklessness and desperation of
Washington’s failed crusade.
Military spokesman Major Tim O’ Keefe justified the attack
saying they were searching for “a foreign fighter facilitator”
for Al Qaida in Iraq. He added, “Troops were engaged by enemy
fire as they approached the building. Coalition Forces returned
fire utilizing both air and ground assets….Two women and one
child were killed. The building was destroyed.”
In fact, 11 women and children were killed and there’s no
evidence to verify that the house was being used as an Al Qaida
The US military made similar claims after bombing raids in
January and December when a total of 17 family members were
The grim fact is that is that the lives of Iraqi women and
children are of no real consequence to US officials. As General
Tommy Franks boasted, “We don’t do body counts”. The victims of
American aggression are simply dismissed as collateral damage
undeserving of any further acknowledgement.
The story has received scant attention in the establishment
media, which prefers to highlight the stumbling oratory of our
Dear Leader as he reaffirms our commitment to western “pro-life”
In truth, George Bush is as responsible for the deaths of those
children as if he had put a gun to their heads himself and shot
them one by one.
At present, we have no way of knowing how frequently these
attacks on civilians are taking place. The Pentagon strategy of
removing independent journalists from the battlefield has
created a news-vacuum that makes it impossible to know with
confidence the extent of the casualties or the level of the
devastation. The few incidents like this that find their way
into the mainstream create a troubling picture of military
adventurism and brutality that is no longer anchored to any
identifiable moral principle or vision of resolution. It is
simply violence randomly dispersed on a massive scale;
traumatizing the Iraqi people and bringing the United States
into greater disrepute.
There were no Al Qaida fighters in the home in Ishaqi. The
attack was just another lethal blunder by a blinkered military
fighting an invisible enemy.
“The killed family was not part of the resistance; they were
women and children,” said Ahmed Khalaf. “The Americans promised
us a better life, but we only get death.”
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