Tuesday, October 21

Hey, They're Just Iraqis

If the United States and the coalition of the coerced are trying to convince us that the Iraqis are free people under our guidance, then shouldn't we be more accountable for the safety of their citizens as if they were our own? JUST ASKING...

Report slams U.S. for Iraqi civilian deaths
GIs overaggressive, rights group says

Human Rights Watch alleges that a detailed review of the cases "reveals a pattern by U.S. forces of overaggressive tactics, indiscriminate shooting in residential areas and a quick reliance on lethal force."

Very few civilian deaths by U.S. fire are investigated, Human Rights Watch says, and no one has an accurate count of civilian casualties. The U.S.-led coalition counters that the figures are "unknowable."

In Baghdad alone, the report estimates that there have been at least 94 Iraqi deaths under "questionable legal circumstances that merit investigation." Hundreds of innocent Iraqis have been killed at checkpoints or caught in the crossfire in clashes outside the capital, human-rights advocates say.

"Just the fact that the U.S. military doesn't track civilian deaths indicates that they do not seem to care," said Joe Stork, acting executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch.