WHAT WAR BRINGS: creation of mass graves
Before the invasion of
And those of us with clear memories of the 1980’s wondered why Bush and Blair did not care about the mass graves of Saddam when they were being made.
In 2004, Blair finally admitted that his claim that 400,000 bodies had been found in mass graves was not true. He admitted that (at that time) only 5,000 bodies had been discovered. Here is a report from the Guardian (
At the heart of the questions are the numbers so far identified in
's graves. Of 270 suspected grave sites identified in the last year, 55 have now been examined, revealing, according to the best estimates that The Observer has been able to obtain, around 5,000 bodies. Forensic examination of grave sites has been hampered by lack of security in Iraq , amid widespread complaints by human rights organisations that until recently the graves have not been secured and protected. Iraq
While some sites have contained hundreds of bodies - including a series around the town of
and another near the Saudi border - others have contained no more than a dozen. Hilla
I have followed the news on
And sometimes after the report by the Guardian (UK) above, I saw pictures of a mass funeral of Kurdish bodies. The individuals were exhumed and sent up to the north of
It was a sight to see that many coffins, all covered with the Kurdish flag. Each coffin had a young girl standing beside it in formal dress, holding flowers for the ceremony. The coffins stretched for as far as the eye could see.
My estimate of the number of people Saddam put into mass graves would be between 10,000 to 20,000. And there are still many more sites to be evacuated, that most likely contain tens of bodies each from the Saddam regime and it’s killing sprees. And there are still sites being uncoverd.
Unfortunately, the end of Saddam did not mean the end of mass graves.
There are mass graves all over
In July 2007, I read that over 40,000 unidentified bodies had been buried near Najaf. These would be the bodies found from
Here are some findings of recently uncovered mass graves from the time of the American occupation:
DIALA / Aswat al-Iraq: Police forces on Monday found a mass grave of victims executed by al-Qaeda gunmen in the west of Baaquba, a media source said. “A mass grave of eight corpses was found in al-Katoun neighborhood in west of Baaquba on Monday (May 25),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.May 26, 2009
Police forces on Tuesday discovered a mass grave of seven unknown corpses in a border region in western Anbar, according to a security source. “A detained man unveiled the presence of a mass grave of seven unidentified bodies killed by armed groups more than two years ago in western Anbar,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency
The Iraqi army and police discovered 14 decomposed bodies, handcuffed and riddled with bullets, in a mass grave on Monday, police said. The bodies, which appeared to have been buried 12-18 months ago. were found near the village of al-Muradiya, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of
The above is just a sampling – a small sampling.
There were other mass graves found in
Authorities in northern
The bodies of nearly 400 Afghan civilians killed during the communist regime that ended in 1992 have been found in a mass grave in northeastern
And here is a rather recent mass grave in
The exact number of casualties is difficult to establish because many of the slain were buried in a common grave. Local residents say that the bodies were so mangled that it was hard even for close relatives to identify the remains. Villagers collected body parts and placed them in one grave, 10 metres long by three metres wide.
In addition to the mass burial site, more than 40 individual graves speak of the tragedy suffered by villagers on May 4. Two weeks later, some people were still searching among the rubble with picks and shovels, trying to find their loved ones.
New mass graves are being discovered in both
If you support the continued occupation of
Another nation is made out to be utterly depraved and fiendish, while one's own nation stands for everything that is good and noble. Every action of the enemy is judged by one standard - every action of oneself by another. Even good deeds by the enemy are considered a sign of particular devilishness, meant to deceive us and the world, while our bad deeds are necessary and justified by our noble goals, which they serve. ~ Eric Fromm