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(en) US, Philadelphia, defenestrator* #31 - Dahr Jamail's Iraq Disp.atches - begins Slash and Burn

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Date Tue, 21 Dec 2004 09:39:40 +0100 (CET)

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She lays dazed in the crowded hospital
room, languidly waving her bruised arm at
the flies. Her shins, shattered by bullets
from US soldiers when they fired through
the front door of her house, are both cov-
ered by casts. Small plastic drainage backs
filled with red fluid sit upon her abdomen,
where she took shrapnel from another bullet.
Fatima Harouz, 12 years old, lives in Latifiya, a
city just south of Baghdad. Just three days ago
soldiers attacked her home. Her mother, stand-
ing with us says, "They attacked our home and
there weren't even any resistance fighters in our
area." Her brother was shot and
killed, and his wife was wounded
as their home was ransacked by
soldiers. "Before they left, they
killed all of our chickens," added
Fatima's mother, her eyes a mix-
ture of fear, shock and rage.
A doctor standing with us, after
listening to Fatima's mother tell
their story, looks at me and sternly
asks, "This is the freedom...in
their Disney Land are there kids
just like this?" Another young
woman, Rana Obeidy, was walking
home with her brother two nights
ago. She assumes the soldiers
shot her and her brother because
he was carrying a bottle of soda.
This happened in Baghdad. She
has a chest wound where a bullet
grazed her, unlike her little brother
who is dead.

Laying in a bed near Rana is
Hanna, 14 years old. She has a
gash on her right leg from the bul-
let of a US soldier. Her family
was in a taxi in Baghdad this
morning which was driving near a
US patrol when a soldier opened
fire on the car.

Her father's shirt is spotted with
blood from his head which was
wounded when the taxi crashed.
In another room a small boy from Fallujah lays
on his stomach. Shrapnel from a grenade
thrown into their home by a US soldier entered
his body through his back, and implanted near
his kidney.

An operation successfully removed
the shrapnel. His father was killed by what his
mother called, "the haphazard shooting of the
Americans." The boy, Amin, lies in his bed vac-
illating between crying with pain and playing
with is toy car.
American Army doctors treat the broken leg of
an Iraqi prisoner of war captured in Fallujah.
It's one case after another of people from
Baghdad, Fallujah, Latifiya, Balad, Ramadi,
Samarra, Baquba...from all over Iraq, who have
been injured by the heavy-handed tactics of
American soldiers fighting a no-win guerilla war
spawned from an illegal invasion based on lies.
Their barbaric acts of retaliation have become
the daily reality for Iraqis, who continue to take
the brunt of the fr ustration and rage of the sol-

Out in front of the hospital three Humvees
pull up as soldiers alert the hospital staff
that some of the wounded from outside of
Fallujah will be brought there.

One of the staff
begins to yell at the soldier who is doing the
talking, while a soldier manning a machine gun
atop a Humvee with his face completely cov-
ered by an olive balaclava and goggles looks on.
"We don't need you here! Get the fuck out of
here! Bring back Saddam! Even he
was better than you animals! We don't
want to die by your hands, so get out
of here! We can take care of our own people!"
The translator with the soldiers does not trans-
late this. Instead he watches with a face of

The survivors of those killed and wounded by
the US military in Iraq, as well as those who
care for them, are left with feelings of bitter
anguish, grief, rage and vengeance.

This afternoon at a small, but busy supply cen-
ter set up in Baghdad to distribute goods to
refugees from Fallujah, the stories the haggard
sur vivors are telling are nearly unimaginable.
"They kicked all the journalists out of Fallujah
so they could do whatever they want," says
Kassem Mohammed Ahmed, who just escaped
from Fallujah three days ago, "The first thing
they did is they bombed the hospitals because
that is where the wounded have to go. Now we
see that wounded people are in the street and
the soldiers are rolling over them with tanks.
This happened so many times. What you see
on the TV is nothing-that is just one camera.
What you cannot see is so much." While
Kassem speaks of the television footage, there
are also stories of soldiers not discriminating
between civilians and resistance fighters.
Another man, Abdul Razaq Ismail arrived from
Fallujah last week.

While distributing supplies to other refugees he
says, "There are dead bodies on the ground and
nobody can bury them. The Americans are
dropping some of the bodies into the
Euphrates River near Fallujah. They are pulling
f the bodies with tanks and leaving them at
the soccer stadium." Nearby is another man
in tears as he listens, nodding his head. He
can't stop crying, but after a little while says
he wants to talk to us.

"They bombed my neighborhood and we used
car jacks to raise the blocks of concrete to get
dead children out from under them." Another
refugee, Abu Sabah, an older man wearing a
torn shirt and dusty pants tells of how he
escaped with his family while soldiers shot bul-
lets over their heads, but killed his cousin.
"They used these weird bombs that put up
smoke like a mushroom cloud," he said, having
just arrived yesterday, "Then small pieces fell
from the air with long tails of smoke behind
them. These exploded on the ground with
large fires that burnt for half an hour. They
used these near the train tracks. You could hear
these dropped from a large airplane and the
bombs were the size of a tank. When anyone
touched those fires, their body burned for
hours." The comparison of Iraq to Vietnam is
becoming more valid by the day here.
check out www.dahrjamailiraq.com/
for on archive of Dahr's writings.
* [Ed. note: The defenestrator is of an
Anarchist/antiauthoritarian perspective]

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