Tuesday, March 21, 2006

On executing Iraqi Children--I'm as mad as hell.

This story--these images--must not be forgotten.

Not only must they not be forgotten, they must become an iconic symbol for the incompetence, lies, gross miscalculations and pure evil that this administration represents.

For those of you that don't already know:

On the early morning of March 15th, U.S. forces raided a house in the village of Isahaqi to find someone accused of helping the insurgents. The end result: 11 dead Iraqis, including 5 children.

The official Iraqi police report gives the ages of the victims in English numerals:

75. 30. 28. 23. 22. 22. 5. 5. 3. 3. 6 months.

Now, at this point, we're used to seeing children die in raids in Iraq as collateral damage. Happens all the time. We saw it in Fahrenheit 9/11. We see it on the news. It's no longer newsworthy. But this is. These pictures are.

Because according to the Iraqi police report, these children weren't accidentally killed--they were murdered, supposedly bound and shot through the back of the head. Now, the Iraqi police report could be just as bad as the information that Bush desperately relied upon to take us to war in the first place--but that's really not the point.

If these children were executed Mafia-style followed by an airstrike on the house, as the Iraqi police say, that is obviously a unconscionable act. But even if they are just more collateral damage, that in and of itself is still a horrific crime--and at this point, images like these of children lined up awaiting burial should generate outrage among a populace that already believes that this unpopular war is a mistake.

The problem is that just exactly with every single other crime this administration has committed--right down to the nitty-gritty of cutting $1.4 million from the CDC's women's cancer detection program, when $1.4 million doesn't even pay for 15 goddamn minutes of Iraq operations--we'll never know the truth unless we take back control of congress. We'll never know what really happened as Isahaqi unless we, the Kossacks, the bloggers, the activists, force our senators, force our representatives, force the press corps, to ask the tough questions. To ask the questions that they are afraid will allow the Bush cabal to portray them as troop-hating traitors.

We, through a public swelling of rage, must convince our champions in D.C. that we are as mad as hell, and we're not going to take it any more. We are going to find out if our soldiers murdered children, and if so, we will hold their commanders accountable--because it is our obligation, not just to ourselves and our fellow citizens, but also because it is our obligation to the world.

We're not going to stand there while Bush cuts funding for feminine cancer detection, while he spends $1,000 times more than those cuts a week killing children in a fruitless occupation. We will not stand by while Bush claims that freedom is on the march, only to see his shining example of Afghanistan execute a man for the simple crime of converting to Christianity. We will not stand idly by while these hypocrites accuse us of fiscal irresponsibility while they rais the debt limit to an unholy $9 TRILLION.

And lastly, we're not going to let them get away with producing more images like these--because there's no difference between the images above, and the one below:

So I want you to write your representatives. Make your phone calls to the media. Write your letters. Call in to your talk show hosts. I want you to do all those things, even more intensively than you have before. I want you to tell them that you're as mad as hell, and you're not going to take it any more.

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