Sunday, June 11, 2006

Nemo's World: "Support our Death Squads"


Ramadi Becomes Another Fallujah
Inter Press Service

These days, Ramadi is nearly impossible to enter. Against the backdrop of the Haditha massacre, IPS has received reports of civilians killed by snipers, and homes occupied with American snipers on their roof, while families were detained downstairs.

One man, who wishes to be known simply as 'an Iraqi friend,' met with IPS in Amman to describe the situation in Ramadi and detail recent events there as he saw them. ...

"On the side of the main street you will find destroyed buildings, and military tents on the buildings for snipers. Be careful, if you hear any sound of fighting, hide in the side roads, park your car there and get in any house and hide, because snipers will kill anyone who moves, even if the fighting is in another area."

Sheikh Majeed al-Ga'oud is from Wahaj al-Iraq village just outside Ramadi, and visits the city regularly. He also described snipers killing without discretion.

"The American snipers don't make any distinction between civilians or fighters, anything that moves, he shoots immediately. This is a very dirty thing, they are killing lots of civilians who are not fighters."

According to the Iraqi friend, many people have been killed in Ramadi because they simply do not know which parts of the city are now no-go zones.

One such area is the main street through Ramadi. After the first traffic light you are not allowed to proceed forward, only to the right or left.

"The way is blocked, not by concrete, but by snipers. Anyone who goes ahead in the street will be killed. There's no sign that it's not allowed, but it's known to the local people. Many people came to visit us from Baghdad. They didn't know this and they went ahead a few metres and were killed." ...

The Iraqi friend witnessed the killing of a young boy. "He was going to his school at about eight in the morning, carrying his books and crossing the street. Suddenly he fell down. I thought he just had a problem in his leg and fell, but he stayed for a long time like this. I knew or I felt there was a sniper who shot him."

Stories such as this one are common amongst Ramadi's residents.

"Haithem, one of the brothers of this kid, tried to find a way and took two steps to take the boy away. Snipers shot and missed him. So he didn't try again. The boy remained there four hours, bleeding. He had been shot in the head." ...

There is NOTHING I could add that would augment or alleviate the sheer horror of this.

~ Nemo


Blogger Robert said...

I wouldn't presume to add a thing either.


"Support our death squads"


Sun Jun 11, 07:16:00 PM  
Anonymous brian said...

I met a young kid from Colorado last night that is going to serve in Iraq. His cousins from Washington State took him up to Vancouver, where he could have some drinks, because he is too young to drink in the US.

He seemed like a bright kid, but I couldn't get it through his head that the war is a sham (both he and his cousin insisted that Sadaam was prepared to launch a nuclear strike against the US).

When I realized I wasn't going to get anywhere with the kid, we just reverted to discussing what a cool city Denver is. I am hoping that since we agreed on most other things that he will think a bit about what I said.

Sun Jun 11, 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Thanks Brian. I hope.....

Sun Jun 11, 11:55:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

but I couldn't get it through his head that the war is a sham

maybe he simply can't dare to understand you? He is going to serve there...

remember Cognitive dissonance? The $1-example?

the less you get PLUS the less you understand it - the harder you defend it

simply to give it some sense - to make your actions "reasonable" - to "approve yourself" (you know, how important approval is for a human brain), because senseless decisions are dangerous decisions - and the poor kid (as you said too young to drink) is surely fearful enough to need no "more" danger...

Mon Jun 12, 01:53:00 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

Looks like the CIA has appointed--er--named our new bogeyman. The real Zaraqwi is enjoying rock crab and champagne with bin Laden and Poppy Bush on a tropical island in Fiji.

Phew. My war-on-terror stock was looking jittery for a moment.

Mon Jun 12, 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

More of the same old savagery, plus its inevitable escalation -- "Kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out" seems to be the only consistent "Rule of Engagement" in "occupied" Iraq: Ramadi: Fallujah Redux, by Dahr Jamail ==== Fearful residents are now pouring out of Ramadi after the US military has been assaulting the city for months with tactics like cutting water, electricity and medical aid, imposing curfews, and attacking by means of snipers and random air strikes. This time, Iraqis there are right to fear the worst - an all out attack on the city, similar to what was done to nearby Fallujah. ==== It has always been just a matter of time before the US military would finally get around to destroying Ramadi, the capital city of al-Anbar province. After all, Ramadi is not far from Fallujah, and so similar to Fallujah both tribally and in their disdain towards the idea of being occupied, that many people in Ramadi even refer to Fallujah as "Ramadi." I know many people from Ramadi who lost relatives and friends during both US assaults on Fallujah, and the level of anti-American sentiment has always been high there. ==== By now, we all know the scene when the US military in Iraq decides to attack an entire city ... we've seen this standard operating procedure repeated, to one degree or another, in Haditha, Al-Qa'im, Samarra, parts of Baghdad, Balad, Najaf and Fallujah twice ... so far. The city is sealed for weeks if not months, water and electricity are cut, medical aid is cut, curfews imposed, mobility impaired, air strikes utilized, then the real attack begins. Now in Ramadi, the real attack has begun. ==== Warplanes are streaking the sky as bombings increase, loudspeakers aimed into the city warn civilians of a "fierce impending attack," (even though it has already begun), and thousands of families remain trapped in their homes, just like in Fallujah during both attacks on that city. Again, many who remain in the city cannot afford to leave because they are so poor, or they lack transportation, or they want to guard their home because it is all they have left. ...

Mon Jun 12, 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Robert: I can't legitimately take any credit for that title. That one is from Billmon, originally complete with "yellow ribbon" graphic which I kept a copy of. ==== Brian: It's sad, but both "hope" *and* gullibility seem to "spring eternal". Your experience obviously proves that . But I certainly applaud your earnest effort to "set the record straight" with the kid. Unfortunately, some people absolutely have to learn the hard way. And Again makes a good point -- once committed, it's pretty unlikely the guy would want to "re-evaluate" his position. Better to just "don the blinders" and hope for the best, from his perspective at least.

Mon Jun 12, 06:03:00 PM  

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