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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Aerial Bombing is Terrorism

U.S. Airstrike Kills 17 in Fallujah:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A U.S. airstrike targeting an alleged militant safehouse in Fallujah killed some 17 people including three children, according to doctors and accounts from the scene of the blast, and angry crowds gathered to mourn the victims and denounce the United States.

"There is only one God, Allah!" crowds chanted at the Fallujah General Hospital, where the bombing casualties were brought before dawn Thursday. A blanket filled with body parts could be seen lying on the ground, while relatives loaded corpses into the back of a pickup truck for burial.

"It is because of the Americans," one man shouted.

The U.S. military said it had carried out a precision strike late Wednesday on a safehouse in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, used by followers of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He is a Jordanian militant believed responsible for bombings, kidnappings and other violence in Iraq.
That's the same Zarqawi that the Iranians allegedly had in custody and offered to trade to the Americans for some Iraq-based anti-Iranian terrorists that we had in custody. Of course, Zarqawi may still be dead.

So, just to summarize: As part of its "winnable" "war on terrorism" (just ask any leading presidential candidate), the US attacked a nation which wasn't involved in terrorism. Another country offers to trade us some terrorists they have in custody for some we have that they want. We turn them down, and they supposedly release theirs, thereby providing us with dozens of excuses for committing terrorist acts ourselves. Which will, of course, only add to the ranks of anti-American terrorists.

Can you imagine how easy life would be for John Kerry if he just opposed the war in Iraq? The Bushies continue to defend the indefensible, and Kerry's providing them cover. The whole world is going to pay for his fourth Purple Heart, the one that he gets from this campaign.