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Another Bloodbath in Iraq

Another Bloodbath in Iraq

By William Pitt, courtesy of Truthout.org

A suicide bomber detonated a car near a crowded marketplace south of Baghdad Monday, killing 115 people and wounding 148 in the single bloodiest attack in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. The bomber rammed the car into a crowd of people queuing for government jobs outside a health center in the town of Hilla, 100 km south of the capital. Many of those killed were shopping at stalls across the road and caught in the blast.

Reuters television footage showed a pile of bloodied bodies outside the building. Smoke rose from the wreckage of burned-out market stalls as bystanders loaded mangled corpses on to wooden carts, usually used to carry fruit and vegetables. Others, their limbs ripped to shreds, were piled into the back of pick-up trucks. Nearby buildings were pockmarked by shrapnel. People wept, clutched the heads in despair and shouted "God is greatest" as rescuers led the wounded away.

"The number of dead has reached 115. We are doing our utmost to treat the wounded (but) the death toll may rise," an official in Hilla's health directorate told Reuters. He said existing patients had been moved out of hospitals to make way for the victims of the blast. More than 30 medics had rushed to the city from nearby towns to treat the wounded. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society said it had sent emergency aid and medics to Hilla from Baghdad to help.

The toll makes the blast the single deadliest attack since the fall of Saddam in April 2003, and Monday one of the bloodiest days of the two-year insurgency.

The rest, from Reuters.


This attack was aimed at 400 people standing in line to sign up for the Iraqi National Guard. Any collection of people intending to join either the National Guard or police are an automatic target for the terrorists we've helped to create there, but some genius decided a crowded marketplace surrounded by government buildings would be the perfect place for these people to gather.

Twin attacks last March involving three suicide bombers in Baghdad and one bomber in Kerbala killed more than 170 people and wounded nearly 400. On February 17, 2004, 117 people were killed and 133 were wounded when two suicide bombers struck in Arbil at the offices of the two main Kurdish factions in northern Iraq.

I try to imagine what the psychological reaction here in America would be if there were bombings every day, if dozens and sometimes hundreds of Americans were blasted to bits each day shopping at Wal-Mart or trying to sign up for the Marines. We are still recovering from one attack - albeit an attack of epic proportions - and I can only guess where we'd be if such a thing were a daily occurrence.

For what it's worth, Colin Powell is "mighty sore" about the lies he helped spread about the weapons of mass destruction and threat posed by Iraq:

Asked about the wrong intelligence fed to him about supposed Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Powell responded: "...there was a little too much inferential judgment. Too much resting on assumptions and worst-case scenarios. With intelligence, sometimes you are talking to people who are perhaps selling you lies."

Powell said he was "very sore" about the presentation he had made to the UN Security Council which turned out to have been based on false intelligence. "I will be forever be known as the one who made the case."

Gosh, that's tough.

Tell it to the families of the 1,496 American soldiers who have died over there on the snipe hunt you helped start. Tell it to the families of the 100,000 Iraqis who have died so far. Tell it to the families of the people who died in this bombing today.

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Asked about the wrong intelligence fed to him about supposed Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Powell responded: "...there was a little too much inferential judgment. Too much resting on assumptions and worst-case scenarios. With intelligence, sometimes you are talking to people who are perhaps selling you lies."

Powell said he was "very sore" about the presentation he had made to the UN Security Council which turned out to have been based on false intelligence. "I will be forever be known as the one who made the case."

Hopefully the CIA and the justice department will be able to see the blessing in disguise that this was and realize that there needs to be further reforms in the structures resoponsible for the intelligence gathering.... both to the security mechanisms that allowed for the infiltration of US society and shattered the false sense of security as well as how that information is transmitted to interested parties in the government.

Even the most protected structure can be and probably already is laid bare to outside forces.

Our experiences in Iraq have simply outlined the desperate need for a deeper spiritual transformation as the arguments used to justify the war are the same as those used throughout the nations history. (We are good and all you have to do is be just like us and everything will be open to you.) Many in US continue to be in awe that its foreign policies flounder and fail to reach the hearts and mind of citizens around the world.

Until the US decides to alter its foreign policy and get to the point where it can have honest dialogue with other cultures it will continue to be seen as the manipulative, supremacist bully that proclaims justice but in in fact only a more politically corect mirror of the evils in its past.

While Dean may draw some to the political struggle against he republicans I tend to avoid the current system in general as its too easy to get wrapped up in the illusion that it is representative of the people or that it can ever be while maintaining the same sense of intellectual and spiritual superiority on which this nation was founded. The fact that Powell and Rice make things a little browner makes no difference.

Honest transformative movements within the current structures of the US as well as the pursuit of spiritual deprogramming from the moral and ethical frameworks of US society is necessary to overcome our dangerous age....and if we are not to become like them. The "them" here is the forked toungued, the supremacist, the arrogant representatives of the concept of "the people" which generally means those that are willing to submit and keep their mouths shut. The them is not just George Bush or the.. power structure.... its much deeper than that.

Honest partnerships on a human level and not a systemic ones are the only ones I trust. But.....maybe thats just me.


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