Bring Them Home Before They Kill Again - The Horrors of Fallujah

From Information Clearing House:

It is depressingly predictable how "worked up" the Pentagon brass gets about an atrocity committed in gross violation of the Geneva Conventions when the crime is captured on film, But does anyone seriously believe that this particularly ugly atrocity is the only one that occurred during the assault?


Francis Boyle: Obliterating Fallujah: A War Crime in Real Time:

One generation ago the peoples of the world asked themselves: Where were the "good" Germans? - Today the peoples of the world are likewise asking themselves: Where are the "good" Americans?


Sam Hamod : The New Mongols :

Many hundreds of troops who came back from Iraq had either turned so cold that they refused to talk about Christ and mercy, and others broke down and cried about what they?d done to women and children.


Killing Wounded Prisoners And The Conscience Of Humanity:

The Japanese and Germans killed prisoners, but not Americans. The Communists killed prisoners, but not Americans. The "bad guys" kill prisoners, but Americans have a higher standard than others, because we're the "good guys." We follow the rules of the Geneva Conventions and we are more humane.


Ted Lang : Bush's Mid East War is Out of Control :

Our burning need to justify our reason for killing innocent civilians requires that we dehumanize the "enemy," excusing our own horrific brutality and inhumanity. It is just as Pilger suggests: Iraqis, Arabs and Muslims are all viewed by us as Hitler's "Untermenschen;" people who are less than human and therefore "killable.


Robert Fisk: What price innocence in the anarchy of Iraq?:

If Margaret Hassan can be kidnapped and murdered, how much further can we fall into the Iraqi pit? There are no barriers, no frontiers of immorality left. What price is innocence now worth in the anarchy that we have brought to Iraq? The answer is simple: nothing.


We Don?t Do War Without War Crimes:

?This chamber reeks of blood. Every Senator here is partly responsible for that human wreckage at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval and all across our land - young men without legs, or arms, or genitals, or faces or hopes.?



Chirac: Iraq war has made world more dangerous :

Mr Chirac, the main European opponent of the war, said terrorism had increased since Iraq was invaded.



Uncensored Video & Transcript:
Marine Shoots Unarmed Iraqi POW:


This video contains course language, disturbing images of dead bodies in the aftermath of combat and graphic images of a man being shot dead.

Fallugah In Pictures:

We have created a generation of Iraqis that have every reason to hate us.


UN seeks probe into war crimes:

Top United Nations human rights official Louise Arbour has called for an investigation of alleged abuses in Falluja including disproportionate use of force and the targeting of civilians.


Allawi denies, Amnesty International confirms the killing of civilians in Falluja:

Muhammad Farhan Awad said " among the 22 bodies were found five in one house and also two children, 15 year old, and one man with an artificial leg. He added "some of the bodies we found were snatched by dogs and cats. It was a very painful scene."


Geneva Conventions on war spell out ban on harming wounded:

Protection of wounded combatants is a basic rule in the universally accepted treaty on warfare applying to the U.S. investigation of the videotaped fatal shooting of a wounded and apparently unarmed Iraqi combatant, international legal experts said Tuesday.


Children pay price for US offensive:

Iyad Allawi says not a single civilian has died in the assault to retake Falluja, but the charred bodies in the streets of the city and the children in Baghdad's Naaman hospital tell a different story.


Rebels, residents starving:

A US helicopter swept continuously overhead shooting at virtually anything that moved, he said.


Fallujah Video has congressman calling for reporter ban :

Texas Democrat Sylvestre Reyes says it's time to rethink the presence of embedded reporters in combat zones. "We don't want to know everything that's going on on the field."


The Failure of the Corporate Media's Coverage in Iraq:

Professor Mahmood Mamdani discussing the corporate media's coverage of Iraq and the U.S. assault on Fallujah. Audio and transcript.


Media Cover-up of US War Crimes in Iraq:

What the news reports fail to mention is that the killing of wounded insurgents and the strafing of civilians has become a routine practice of the US military in Iraq.


U.S. War Crimes in Fallujah:

While the reporting of embedded correspondents operating in the besieged city of Fallujah is subject to censorship by the US military, a number of incidents have been captured on tape and broadcast in the United States that international law experts charge could be evidence of clear war crimes being committed by US troops


War correspondent Kevin Sites, in his own words about his Falluja shooting video: The lieutenant asks them, "Are there people inside?" One of the Marines raises his hand signaling five. "Did you shoot them," the Lieutenant asks? "Roger that, sir, " the same Marine responds. "Were they armed?" The Marine just shrugs and we all move inside.

Video: Unarmed And Wounded POW Shot In The Head By U.S. Marine

War is hell and everyone loses:

Everything that led up to that incident in the Fallujah mosque is part of what happens when you decide as a nation to go to war. Let's not single out this Marine and distance ourselves from him. Every American bears responsibility for what is done in our name. Welcome to hell.


Eyewitness report: Ten days in Fallujah battlefield

In Falluja, Young Marines Saw the Savagery of an Urban War: The bullets hit the first marine in the face, his blood spattering the marine behind him. The marine in the rear tumbled backward down the stairwell, while Lance Cpl. William Miller, age 22, lay in silence halfway up, mortally wounded. "Miller!" the marines called from below. "Miller!"


To get the whole picture we need embeds on both sides: From Operation Desert Storm in 1991 onwards, through the invasion and occupation of Iraq to the reinvasion of Falluja last week, the world has come to accept the Pentagon war-fighting doctrine of overwhelming force as normal.


10 Reasons the US has Lost the War in Iraq: And the rest is history:

The graves of Falluja show the reality of Iraq's occupation

The final battle: Their story is the hardest to tell: that of the Iraqi civilians who have remained in the besieged city of Falluja. They have no embedded Western journalists to speak for them, only a few Iraqi correspondents. They cannot leave their homes because of the risk of constant sniper fire. They have no water to drink, no electricity. If they are injured, they have nowhere to go.


Fallujah in Pictures

Fallujah 101: A history lesson about the town we are currently destroying

From Information Clearing House

The horrors of Fallujah

by Abbas Ahmed Ibrahim



They say the war is over, but there is no peace. Every day there is shooting, and there are still killings going on. ... The Americans say they are just finishing off the insurgents, but then they have been saying that for a few days now, so people here ask 'who have they got left to finish off?' ... I am not staying in Fallujah out of choice. But I am afraid to try to leave. I am 36 years old, the American troops have been arresting any males between the ages of 15 and 45 who have attempted to leave. They say civilians were told to get out of Fallujah, so any man who stayed behind must be in the mujahedin. ... The reason I stayed behind is the same as many of the other remaining men here, to protect my house. My wife and parents begged me to go with them when I sent them away to Amiriyah, but I would not listen. I now realise what a mistake that was...


A heartless war

by Jonathan Schell



When the attack came, the first target was Fallujah General Hospital. The New York Times explained why: 'The offensive also shut down what officers said was a propaganda weapon for the militants: Fallujah General Hospital, with its stream of reports of civilian casualties.' If there were no hospital, there would be no visible casualties; if there were no visible casualties, there would be no international outrage, and all would be well. What of those civilians who remained?

No men of military age were permitted to leave during the attack. Remaining civilians were trapped in their apartments with no electricity or water. No one knows how many of them have been killed, and no official group has any plans to find out...


Iraq: Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians
The Independent [UK]

Allegations of widespread abuse by US forces in Fallujah, including the killing of unarmed civilians and the targeting of a hospital in an attack, have been made by people who have escaped from the city. They said, in interviews with The Independent, that as well as deaths from bombs and artillery shells, a large number of people including children were killed by American snipers. US forces refused repeated calls for medical aid for injured civilians, they said. Some of the killings took place in the build-up to the assault on the rebel stronghold, and at least in one case -- that of the death of a family of seven, including a three-month baby -- the American authorities have admitted responsibility and offered compensation." (11/24/04)


Remember the Alamo -- in downtown Iraq

by Doug Herman

Strike the Root

Santa Anna won that memorable battle, but the catchphrase 'Remember the Alamo' continues to resound today with anyone defending a precarious yet precious position. History has recorded the Mexican victory as a moral loss, almost a war crime. How then might history treat Rumsfeld in the destruction of the City of Mosques?" (11/23/04)


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Grim, Angry Rites as Falluja Buries Its Dead

Fallujah: Shock and Awe

What Happened to Hearts?

The Imperial Republic
Tightening the screws, at home and abroad. Article by Frank Rich.
Bono's New Casualty: 'Private Ryan'

Informant: Lew Rockwell

Audio / photos taken inside the Abu Hanifa mosque of the US raid / slaughter

by Dahr Jamail and Salam T.

Here is a radio dispatch and interview from FSRN and Flashpoints with audio taken inside the Abu Hanifa mosque of the raid/slaughter.

Here are a few new photos of the aftermath of the aforementioned.
Related: Eyewitness commentary: what U.S. 'Successful raid' raid on Baghdad mosque was really like

Related:Terrorizing those who are praying...

Related:Audio: Nov.20 / 04 Interview with Dahr from Bagdad: Scroll

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November 21, 2004

The Iraqi Resistance Spreads

November 16, 2004
The Ester Republic

Dahr Jamail and Salam T.

While the US military says it now controls Fallujah and is simply "mopping up" what is left of the Iraqi resistance, over 400 soldiers wounded in the fighting have been flown out of Iraq to US air bases in Germany.

As giant C-141 transport planes carrying wounded and maimed American soldiers roar over the Iraqi desert, armed men carrying rocket propelled grenades and kalashnikov machine guns roam freely in the streets of Mosul, the third largest city in Iraq.

After the US military withdrew from inside Mosul, looters with mattresses tied to the tops of cars and pushing desks in wheelbarrows emptied the abandoned American base of its contents.

The horrendous situation afflicting civilians in Fallujah, which the Iraqi Red Crescent Society refers to as a big disaster, didn't seem to concern a contractor from India who works supplying US bases in Iraq.

"One thing I feel is that in Fallujah, most of the insurgents are there and nobody bothered to clear them off," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity, "So many innocent people were killed and no actions were taken." He then added, "So one way is good to clear those insurgents."

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society states that scores of civilians have died in Fallujah. Thousands of families remain trapped in the city with no source of food, clean water or electricity. They report outbreaks of cholera, as well as children bleeding to deathbecause there are no medical facilities left in the city. Red Crescent attempts to get relief supplies through the US military cordon around the city have been nearly impossible.

Due to the disaster in Fallujah, Muqtada al-Sadr has announced that his followers will boycott the elections, scheduled for January. The Islamic Party of Iraq is seriously considering boycotting them as well. Ayad al-Azi, spokesman for the Islamic Party of Iraq, said, "The Americans called for all the civilians to come to the mosques in Fallujah and they detained all of the men and let the women and children go. We are calling for all the people in the world to look at this humanitarian disaster." He added, "We are strongly considering withdrawing from the elections."

With over 30 US troops dead and what US-appointed Iraqi security advisor Ayad Daoud claims are 1,000 insurgents killed in Fallujah, the goal of their operation, capturing the Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, has escaped them.

But Zarqawi isn't the only one to have escaped, as up to 80 percent of the resistance fighters in Fallujah may have left before the siege even began.

"The Iraqi government announced there are fifteen cities not under their control," said Dafer al-Ani, an Iraqi political analyst, "Fallujah and Samarra are just the start, and there is serious resistance all over Iraq now outside of the government's control. If we are talking about Fallujah and Ramadi, they are using street fighting."

He continued, "It's not their [the Iraqi resistance] aim to keep controlling the cities. They are just making the enemy lose as much as possible and then pulling out to go to other cities. What everybody knows is the resistance in Fallujah, they left before the siege of Fallujah, and what they left was less than twenty percent of the resistance there. And we can see what losses they caused for the occupation forces around the country."

The Iraqi resistance now controls large areas of Ramadi, Samarra, Haditha, Baquba, Hiyt, Qaim, Latifiyah, Taji, Khaldiyah, and Baghdad, along with fighting in the holy city of Kerbala.

Having been closed on November 7, Baghdad International Airport remains closed indefinitely. Along with the borders of Syria and Jordan being closed under US-appointed Ayad Allawi's announcement of martial law in Iraq, people here are now left with no exit from the liberated country.


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by Joshua Frank

At what point will the left have to face the music and admit that in order to fully oppose the Iraq war, we have to also oppose our troops? actions?


Fallujah Refugees

by Dahr Jamail

Doctors in Fallujah are reporting there are patients in the hospital there who were forced out by the Americans,? said Mehdi Abdulla, a 33 year-old ambulance driver at a hospital in Baghdad, ?Some doctors there told me they had a major operation going, but the soldiers took the doctors away and left the patient to die.? He looks at the ground, then away to the distance. Honking cars fill the chaotic street outside the hospital where they?d just received brand new desks. The empty boxes are strewn about outside. Um Mohammed, a doctor at the hospital sat behind her old, wooden desk. ?How can I take a new desk when there are patients dying because we don?t have medicine for them,? she asked while holding her hands in the air, ?They should build a lift so patients who can?t walk can be taken to surgery, and instead we have these new desks!? Her eyes were piercing with fire, while yet another layer of frustration is folded into her work.


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