Photo: "I hate the Americans," said Sufian Neda, 9, who was wounded when
Of course in every war and occupation, there will be cases of civilians being shot and killed by the superior military force. They really have no protection from that. The civilians just have to take it. Many civilians have been killed in
One blogger in
We need help to stop the violence, and the disrespect of the humanity. I am giving some of the details about my relative's accident to seek for help, and investigation. On Wednesday afternoon about 5 pm. My dear grand uncle was shot by many American bullets from the right side while he was driving his car (Dark brown" Opel\vectra", model 1991.), in a residential neighborhood, "Al Tairan ". The report of the forensic doctor mentioned that the victim was turning his head toward the left, when he got the first bullet on his neck (that one caused immediate death), the other was in his upper right side of his chest, and the third bullet was on his upper part of his right arm. Such accidents, I mean shooting innocent people, had been repeated to a large extent that turned the appreciation of the Iraqis toward the American liberation from Saddams' regimen to hate or violence or at least suspicious about the intentions of the Americans' coexistence in
There are many more like this incident. I received the following information from an email sent to me by an Iraqi-American who posts at Daily Kos.
As I was reading, I was feeling the pain in my heart toward both sides. Iraqis who were getting shot and killed left and right and those soldiers who were sent to hell for no reason at all and left them suffer what they suffer. It is really hard to have living heart that try to empathize and sympathize with both sides and that’s why I sometimes wish if I had a dead heart so I would not go through the pain and wonder who’s fault and who is to be blamed? Asking though is really the easy part of that.
I know a soldier who is a father of a very beautiful girl and a husband of a gorgeous wife. This guy was deployed to
and came back to the States due to some injury. Every time I see this soldier and say to him hi I get that urging question to ask “how many Iraqi civilians did you kill?”. I know he has to defend his life and others. I know that he is doing his job but I am not talking about those terrorists who point their guns against the troops, or blow themselves and kill civilians. I am talking about those people who were in the wrong place on the wrong time. Those like my friend’s dad, Hamza. Iraq
Hamza was in his early fifties, still young to die. Any one is too young to die, especially if he was a loving father, a caring husband and beloved person by his community like Hamza. There was a rule of thumb over there in
which it said that if you saw an American convoy, stay away from it as far as possible. Because you never know what would happen. And it was really a scary thing to share the road with the troops. Hamza knew about that rule and that’s why he got scared and confused when he saw the convoy, his fears and emotions made him act improperly by telling him to speed up and beat that convoy so he could get away from it. The matter that made him looked suspicious and ended up being showered with bullets. The car stopped so as the convoy but Hamza was bleeding inside his car which did not explode. He was not a suicider or anything; he was just a scared poor soul. So they took him thankfully to the nearest hospital and dropped him off there to face his fate, while I was trying to help him over here to get better treatment and care. I was trying to help Hamza as well as the troops to gain hearts and minds by facilitating better opportunity to survive. Operation give and its sponsors was my only choice since I did not know about other organization that may help in treatment back then. Fruitless my efforts were, and we were all late in doing so whereas Hamza’s time was coming to leave to a better place where is always peace and love and no hate. Iraq
He was not the only one who lost his life tragically like that my second cousin Ammar who was also another example. Ammar was in his twenties newly wed and enjoying life when he was driving his car down the roads of
sharing laughs and jokes with his mom and bride paying no attention to anything but his joyful moment. Forgetting about the rule of thumb and passing by the convoy of death. The shower of bullets started as soon as he passed by and the fate of the driver would be soon declared to dead. Ammar left this world without knowing that he was going to leave behind an orphan daughter whose life could have been definitely changed by having a loving father around to care and protect. Those were examples of people whom I knew about and there are many others whom I did not know, met, or heard about. Baghdad
The question that remains in my mind is that whom to blame for that?
… The Monday killing comes nearly a month after US troops shot dead two members of an Iraqi family and detained four others in a raid on their house in the Iraqi city of al-Kut. Following the incident, the
U.S.forces on Saturday wounded a farmer northeast of Hilla city, according to a source from province’s police. Babel
forces opened fire on a farmer in the Neel area, 5 km northeast of Hilla,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He pointed out that the injured farmer was admitted to the Hilla surgical hospital. U.S.
A professor working at
al-Qadissiya Universityin the province of al-Diwaniya was wounded on Sunday morning when U.S.forces opened fire on him to the north of al-Hilla city, a police source in said. “ Babel troops opened fire on a Caprice vehicle carrying al-Qadissiya university professor Abdulhussein Abbas, at al-Mahaweel district, (16 km) north of Hilla, leaving him wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. U.S.
“One civilian and a woman were wounded when
U.S.forces opened fire randomly in al-Adl neighborhood in eastern ,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The two were in a bus when the forces opened fire on them,” he added. “The woman is a Mosul employee,” he noted. Mosul University
A woman, whose her husband was killed during a
“After the shooting stopped, the American convoy continued driving. I thought only the driver was hit. His injuries were serious but not life threatening. When I looked into the back seat, I found my wife and two children covered in blood. I realized my wife was dead. My daughter was dead. I tried to lift my daughter. Parts of her brain fell from the wound on the side of her head. My baby boy was covered with blood and wounds. He survived. I don’t know why the Americans shot at us.” - AHMED MOAYDA, WITH HIS SON, HAMZA
NORTHERN IRAQ - U.S forces shot dead a civilian on a highway between the cities of Tikrit and Balad, north of
There was another incident in July 2009 in
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said an Iraqi officer who ordered the detention of US soldiers last week after they killed three Iraqis had acted "out of line."
The prime minister told The Washington Post in an interview the officer "did not understand the agreement" governing
military activities since US troops withdrew from Iraqi cities last month. US
…… Four Iraqis, including two children, were also wounded in the incident when
forces returned fire and raided nearby houses after insurgents attacked their convoy. US
That Iraqi officer is not the only one confused. I am confused too at this so-called sovereignty of
Neda's 9-year-old son, Sufian, said he was wounded when a bullet grazed his left shoulder.
"I hate the Americans," the boy said quietly. "I never liked them, even before this happened."
Interviews with residents, hospital officials and Iraqi army police commanders in the suburb of Abu Ghraib suggest that conventional wisdom holds the Americans killed civilians.
And here is a statement from the Haditha massacre that killed 24 civilians in their homes after a roadside bomb had killed a
“The brains of at least one of the little girls were shoved through fractures in her skull by the impact of a bullet. This is a standard effect of high-velocity rounds fired into the closed cavity of a head. Later that day, when a replacement Marine came in to carry out the bodies, the girl's brains would fall onto his boot.” - William Langewiesche
US-led coalition forces have gunned down one civilian and detained 3 others outside
KabulThe operation was carried out overnight in the Mohammad Agha district of Logar province, 40 km south of the Afghan capital, , a government spokesman said. Kabul
Din Mohammad Darwish, a spokesman for the provincial administration, added that the troops have killed a retired former head of the traffic department in Logar province.
…… According to the district governor, Abdul Hamid, the former government employee had no connections to any militant or terrorist groups.
German soldiers killed two civilians Sunday when their van failed to stop as it approached a roadblock near
, defence officials said. Kunduz, Afghanistan
….. A youth was killed in the van and one of the three people seriously wounded by the gunfire died while being rushed to a clinic operated by the German provincial reconstruction team in Kunduz.
An Afghan girl has been killed in an accidental shooting by Canadian soldiers in
….. When the driver did not heed signals to stop, a warning shot was fired and the motorcycle changed direction and sped away. Moments later, officials say the soldiers noticed a crowd gathering and discovered that a girl, whose age was not disclosed, had been shot.
And here is a report from
In a separate episode in Farah on Tuesday, one Afghan was killed and another was wounded when an American convoy on a supply mission fired on their car as it approached at high speed, according to the American military. Despite three warning flares and three rounds of warning shots, the car continued to approach the convoy, the military said.
Although an investigation is still under way, Col. Chris Kubik, a military spokesman, said the two Afghans were likely civilians “who did not understand our escalation-of-force procedures.”
Yes, shooting up civilians is a part of every war. And many of them end up dead or with terrible injuries. And then they are mostly ignored, but if there is any attention paid to them, then we will shed a few tears. And go out tomorrow and shoot some more civilians up.
If you support the continued occupation of