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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Links: Afghanistan, Iraq and the US

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Link 001: Linda S. Heard: Innocents are paying the price in Iraq Gulf News 14-09-2004

http://www.gulfnews.com/Articles/opinion.asp?ArticleID=131910
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a sane voice in a mad world said...

Linda S. Heard: Innocents are paying the price in Iraq
| Special to Gulf News | 14-09-2004

http://www.gulfnews.com/Articles/opinion.asp?ArticleID=131910

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Last Sunday a US Bradley fighting vehicle fell victim to a car bomb. Luckily, its military occupants were unharmed. As curious crowds surrounded the burning vehicle, a US helicopter gunship opened fire. A producer with Al Arabiya Mazen Al Tumeizi was among the dead. He was just 26-years-old. A Reuters' cameraman and a freelance photographer were both injured. We were not told how many Iraqis died. Why did the helicopter crew attack so indiscriminately and with such ferocity?

According to US military spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Steven A. Boylan it was to deter looters. How things have changed since the days American Marines smiled and waved on opportunistic individuals intent on stripping down Baghdad's hospitals, schools, universities, museums and ministries.

If what Boylan says is true, then preserving the Bradley's smoking carcass was more important to the US military than the very existence of the bright, Palestinian journalist, who will never again grace our screens, or the futures of those tiny children who were milling around the scene.

Alternatively, those in the helicopter were out for revenge and cared little who they struck down in the process.

While so much is made of the 1,000 US military fatalities, an eerie silence surrounds the tally of Iraqi casualties since the invasion.

As candles were lit around the world and minute's silences were held for the September 11, 2001 victims on Sunday, the deaths of Afghan and Iraqi civilians went unnoticed. When this inequality is publicly remarked upon, US politicians either sidestep the question or glibly parrot prepared answers.