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Friday, September 17, 2004

Enough already!

Stop bombing Fallujah!
U.S. jets pounded the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, leaving at least 44 dead.
Blood covered the floors of the Fallujah General Hospital as doctors struggled to cope with the casualties, many brought to the hospital in private cars with ambulances overwhelmed. Relatives pounded their chests in grief and denounced the United States.

Health Ministry spokesman Saad al-Amili said at least 44 people were killed and 27 injured in the Fallujah strikes. He said 17 children and two women were among the wounded. Hospital officials said women and children were also among the dead, but exact figures were not immediately available.
West of Baghdad, an initial wave of U.S. airstrikes late Thursday targeted a compound in Fazat Shnetir, about 12 miles south of Fallujah, where militants loyal to Jordanian-born terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were meeting to plot attacks on coalition forces, the military said in a statement.

Militants who survived the strikes sought refuge in nearby villages, but U.S. forces said they quickly broke off an offensive to hunt them down in an effort to avoid civilian casualties.

Residents of one village, Fazat Shnetir, could be seen digging communal graves Friday to bury the dead in groups of four.
Not quickly enough, apparently. And I guess the final resting spots for people killed by Milosevic or Saddam are called "mass graves;" for those killed by Bush and Blair, they're called "communal." The first are genocide and ethnic cleansing; the later are "regrettable collateral damage."

The U.S. military in Iraq isn't solving problems; it IS the problem.