– The Sydney Morning Herald: “Thursday, August 12, 2004. Illustration: Alan Moir”
For my folks…..
Let grandparents be tetchy – Heckler – www.smh.com.au: “Why do grandparents have to be satisfied, anyway? Haven’t the organisers of grandparent satisfaction courses heard of grumpy old men and whingeing old bats? That’s what getting old is all about, isn’t it? A licence to be grumpy, cranky, and proud of it.”
Reading all these victorious reports of US victory in Najaf made me wonder how big a cock up it was. US troops and civilians do not mix. Any arab is a target in a warzone, whether they be 20 years old or 2.
According to http://www.iraqbodycount.net/ there have been between 11510 and 13483 civilian casualties in Iraq. I remember that Afghanistan had similar numbers.
Searching Lycos, I came across alot of images of child victims in Iraq, though not many for Najaf.
Here is a picture from Najaf:
U.S. soldiers aim their guns as Iraqi civilians flee their homes
for safety during a day of heavy gun battles in the holy city of Najaf
in southern Iraq on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004. U.S. forces launched a
major offensive to crush a militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr. The fighting between U.S. forces and al-Sadr’s Mahdi
Army militia began here a week ago and has spread to other Shiite areas
of the country. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Heavy overnight US bombardment of Kut has killed 56 people and wounded more than 110, one day after clashes between police and Shi’ite Muslim militiamen in the southern Iraqi city, a medic said today.
‘American planes started bombing the al-Shakia district, in southern Kut after 3am (0900 AEST),’ said Kut hospital director, Khader Fadal Arar.
‘They destroyed 18 houses and killed 56 people and injured more than 110, some of them very seriously,’ he said.
Many of the dead and wounded were women and children, Arar added.
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.
They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
— George W. Bush
Fairly shocked at this High Court decision as it is very un-Australian. Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is shocking, and it will only get better under a Labor government.
Court upholds indefinite detention – Immigration – www.theage.com.au: “The High Court has upheld the Federal Government’s right to detain failed asylum seekers indefinitely in a decision that has angered refugee supporters and opposition parties.
The court, in a 4-3 finding yesterday, ruled that unsuccessful asylum seekers who could not be removed to another country despite their wish to leave Australia could be held in immigration detention indefinitely.
It overruled an earlier Federal Court ruling that failed asylum seekers should not be detained indefinitely if no country could be found to take them.
The decision has led to calls for a bill of rights and amendments to migration legislation. Civil libertarians say the ruling fails to recognise basic human rights and a lawyer drew comparisons to the situation of David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib in Guantanamo Bay.”