oh dear lord
Okay, this is Robert Fisk, but still: Children killed and maimed in bomb attack on town
At least 11 civilians, nine of them children, were killed in Hilla in central Iraq yesterday, according to reporters in the town who said they appeared to be the victims of bombing.
Reporters from the Reuters news agency said they counted the bodies of 11 civilians and two Iraqi fighters in the Babylon suburb, 50 miles south of Baghdad. Nine of the dead were children, one a baby. Hospital workers said as many as 33 civilians were killed.
Terrifying film of women and children later emerged after Reuters and the Associated Press were permitted by the Iraqi authorities to take their cameras into the town. Their pictures – the first by Western news agencies from the Iraqi side of the battlefront – showed babies cut in half and children with amputation wounds, apparently caused by American shellfire and cluster bombs.
Much of the videotape was too terrible to show on television and the agencies' Baghdad editors felt able to send only a few minutes of a 21-minute tape that included a father holding out pieces of his baby and screaming "cowards, cowards'' into the camera. Two lorryloads of bodies, including women in flowered dresses, could be seen outside the Hilla hospital.
And while we're at it, it appears that the missile that hit an Iraqi market the other day was indeed ours...unless Iraq has a Raytheon factory.
I would suggest that dropping cluster bombs from the air onto civilians--something I doubt the Iraqis are capable of--is contrary to achieving our goals in Iraq. And I will declare unequivocably that Bush's war of choice is not worth the blood of a single Iraqi baby. These children have been sacrificed on the altar of Bush's ambition, and I don't intend to forget that the justification for this horror is scanty at best.
(via The Left Coaster)