Sunday, June 11, 2006

Nemo's World: 'Regard for Human Life'


Iraqi Raises Questions on al-Zarqawi Death
[Associated Press]

US officials have altered their account of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, saying he was alive and partly conscious after bombs destroyed his hideout, and an Iraqi man raised fresh questions about the events surrounding the end of Iraq's most-wanted militant.

The man, who lived near the scene of the bombing, told AP Television News on Friday that he saw US soldiers beating an injured man resembling al-Zarqawi until blood flowed from the victim's nose. ...

The Iraqi, identified only as Mohammed, said residents put a bearded man in an ambulance before US forces arrived. He said the man was found lying next to an irrigation canal.

"He was still alive. We put him in the ambulance, but when the Americans arrived they took him out of the ambulance, they beat him on his stomach and wrapped his head with his dishdasha, then they stomped on his stomach and his chest until he died and blood came out of his nose," Mohammed said ...

So much blood covered al-Zarqawi's body that US forces cleaned him up before taking photographs.

"Despite the fact that this person actually had no regard for human life, we were not going to treat him in the same manner," [military spokesman Maj. Gen. William] Caldwell said.

AP footage of the date palm grove showed debris - concrete blocks, shoes and sandals - scattered over a wide area around a large crater. Trees around the blast site were ripped from their roots.

The airstrike killed two other men, two women and a girl between the ages of 5 and 7 who were in the house, but only al-Zarqawi and his spiritual adviser have been positively identified, he said. ...

Yeah, that definitely sounds like ENORMOUS "regard for human life" to me. Uh-huh.

Aside from the ridiculously absurd non sequitur of suggesting that cleaning up the *corpse* of a man (who MAY actually have been brutally murdered *after* the bombing by US ground troops) before taking photographs somehow insinuates "regard for human life", there's also the inherently questionable "collateral damage" incurred, for no discernible reason. Two men, two women and a little girl -- NONE of them suspected of any "wrongdoing" -- were also callously slaughtered in that barbaric act of overkill.

"Home of the Brave"?? This nation's military now habitually orders outright AIR STRIKES against civilian dwellings -- potentially containing any number of innocent men, women and children -- without so much as a second thought! And it does so seemingly for the *sole* purpose of minimizing US troop casualties (and the inevitably accompanying "negative press") that might result from applying the required standard of "proportionality" in any such military operation that is surficially justifiable ONLY as a manhunt.

But this savage, utterly indiscriminate, blatantly cowardly assault on a household -- in defiance of international law AND with no regard for human life -- is beyond contemptible.

"All hail the conquering war criminals!"

[Addendum: Considering the excerpts found in Robert's post on the Guantanamo detainee suicides, it appears this remarkably off the wall rhetoric about "regard for human life" may well be the product of yet another organized propaganda campaign from Washington. It seems highly unlikely that this peculiar "spin" would be injected so inappropriately -- twice in as many days, by two different military spokesmen -- as any spontaneous characterization of those wildly divergent events. To the contrary, it looks as if the American people are once again being force-fed illusions of their country's "inherent virtuousness" in order to obscure the appallingly ugly crimes consistently perpetrated by this NeoConNazi Reich.]

~ Nemo


Blogger Again said...

Two men, two women and a little girl -- NONE of them suspected of any "wrongdoing"

hey, nemo - WE DON'T DO COUNTING!!!

Mon Jun 12, 01:41:00 AM  

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