Iraq: Seeing the Violence

War for many of us is an abstract.  It is the suffering of others, happening outside our daily worries and triumphs.

I was googling for a completely unrelated purpose for “I saw”, and came across an old article on the war, I saw the head of my two children come off:

An Iraqi mother in a van fired on by US soldiers says she saw her two young daughters decapitated in the incident that also killed her son and eight other members of her family.

The children’s father, who was also in the van, said US soldiers fired on them as they fled towards a checkpoint because they thought a leaflet dropped by US helicopters told them to “be safe”, and they believed that meant getting out of their village to Karbala.

Bakhat Hassan – who lost his daughters, aged two and five, his three-year-old son, his parents, two older brothers, their wives and two nieces aged 12 and 15, in the incident – said US soldiers at an earlier checkpoint had waved them through.

As they approached another checkpoint 40km south of Karbala, they waved again at the American soldiers.

“We were thinking these Americans want us to be safe,” Hassan said through an Army translator at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital set up at a vast Army support camp near Najaf.

The soldiers didn’t wave back. They fired.

“I saw the heads of my two little girls come off,” Hassan’s heavily pregnant wife, Lamea, 36, said numbly.

She repeated herself in a flat, even voice: “My girls – I watched their heads come off their bodies. My son is dead.”

This war is filled with stories of those who lost, in so many piercing ways.  Its long past time we restore sanity and compassion to our foreign policy, and end this damned war.

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6 Responses

  1. SADDAM WOULD HAVE RIPPED THEIR HEADS OFF HIMSELF IF GIVEN THE CHANCE- END THE WAR, BUT DON’T BE STUPID ABOUT IT- BASICALLY THE “PEACE GROUPS” ARE SPREADING MISINFORMATION TO A LARGE HERD OF BLIND SHEEP WHO FOLLOW LIKE LOST PUPPIES. UNFORTUNATELY THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IN GENERAL IS STUPID AND THE MEDIA TAKES FULL ADVANTAGE. WAKE UP AND REALIZE IF WE PULL OUT OF IRAQ TOO SOON, WE BASICALLY HAND THEM OVER TO IRAN AND PROVIDE ALL OF THE TERRIROTY WE HAVE GAINED RIGHT BACK TO THE TERRORISTS TO EXPAND AND PLAN MORE ATTACKS ON OUR SOIL. KEEP TALKIN DIRT ABOUT BUSH BUT WE HAVEN’T HAD ANOTHER ATTACK ON OUR SOIL AND NEVER HAS A PRESIDENT HAD TO DEAL WITH SUCH AN ATTACK- YOU CANNOT EVEN COMPARE PEARL HARBOR- IT WAS A MILITARY TARGET- NOT A CIVILIAN TARGET. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS- YOU BRING THEM DOWN BY PROTESTING- IF WE BRING THEM ALL BACK TOO SOON, ALL OF US AND OUR CHILDREN WILL PAY THE PRICE.

  2. But on the flipside, I’m sure the mother will be glad to know her two daughters died under “Freedom” and not Saddam’s oppressive regime.

  3. Ack! Your blog took out my /sarcasm order.

  4. Somebody pressed a little to hard of the caps lock….must be broken. Sounds pretty scared there….of the sky is falling types…

    Sheep indeed….

  5. not too much your can say about that, except hopefully the iraqis all over the country who this has happened to find some peace or get something out of it in the end.

  6. TIM!!!,
    Whoah there cowboy.
    The attack on our soil, 9/11, had nothing to do with Iraq.
    It was not a blank check to declare war on whomever we want.

    Newscat, yeah, I think wordpress is a stickler about allowed tags. (and damn, sharp comeback!)

    ralfast,
    heh. I don’t think OMGTIM appreciates the irony. Its funny that he asserts Iraq would go to Iran, then switches immediately to “the Terrorists”. He probably doesn’t know the difference (just like McCain).

    brian,
    I hope they can find peace.

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