December 04, 2004

Falluja Massacre: Here's Proof

Naomi Klein responds to the US Ambassador to Britian, who took vehement exception to the following sentence in an article she wrote for the Guardian:
"In Iraq, US forces and their Iraqi surrogates are no longer bothering to conceal attacks on civilian targets and are openly eliminating anyone - doctors, clerics, journalists - who dares to count the bodies."
Today, Klein backs up her allegations.

She says the initial assault on Falluja in April was called off because if became a PR nightmare. At the time, reports of massive Iraqi civilian casualties came from three main sources: doctors, journalists and Muslim clerics. Klein shows how the second assault on Falluja - conveniently delayed till just after the November 2nd election - systematically set out to "eliminate" these three sources of information.

The process included bombing Iraqi health facilites in Falluja, denying access to medical units, bombing Al Jazeera's Baghdad office, a US tank firing on a hotel where journalists were staying (two were killed), openly assaulting mosques, and arresting clerics while shooting those who tried to protect them.

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