This animated display shows graphically the terrible toll from the War in Iraq Iraq War Coalition Fatalities (via Boing Boing), what makes this worse is that it is only showing deaths among the coalition forces.
A correspondent to my newspaper today reminded us that under Saddam
about 500 000 Iraqis were killed in his 24 year reign. That’s about 57
a day. But given that the violent death rate has now risen to over 50 a
day, what exactly has been achieved?
and a pointer to Baghdad Burning which says
“The Ministry of Defense
requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or
police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition
forces working in that area.”
That’s how messed up the country is at this point.
switched to another channel, the “Baghdad” channel (allied with Muhsin
Abdul Hameed and his group) and they had the same news item, but
instead of the general “coalition forces” they had “American coalition
forces”. We checked two other channels. Iraqiya (pro-Da’awa) didn’t
mention it and Forat (pro-SCIRI) also didn’t have it on their news
We discussed it today as it was repeated on another channel.
“So what does it mean?” My cousin’s wife asked as we sat gathered at lunch.
“It means if they come at night and want to raid the house, we don’t have to let them in.” I answered.
not exactly asking your permission,” E. pointed out. “They break the
door down and take people away- or have you forgotten?”
according to the Ministry of Defense, we can shoot at them, right? It’s
trespassing-they can be considered burglars or abductors…” I replied.
cousin shook his head, “If your family is inside the house- you’re not
going to shoot at them. They come in groups, remember? They come armed
and in large groups- shooting at them or resisting them would endanger
people inside of the house.”
“Besides that, when they first attack, how can you be sure they DON’T have Americans with them?” E. asked.
sat drinking tea, mulling over the possibilities. It confirmed what has
been obvious to Iraqis since the beginning- the Iraqi security forces
are actually militias allied to religious and political parties.
it also brings to light other worrisome issues. The situation is so bad
on the security front that the top two ministries in charge of
protecting Iraqi civilians cannot trust each other. The Ministry of
Defense can’t even trust its own personnel, unless they are
“accompanied by American coalition forces”.
It really is
difficult to understand what is happening lately. We hear about talks
between Americans and Iran over security in Iraq, and then American
ambassador in Iraq accuses Iran of funding militias inside of the
country. Today there are claims that Americans killed between 20 to 30
men from Sadr’s militia in an attack on a husseiniya yesterday. The
Americans are claiming that responsibility for the attack should be
placed on Iraqi security forces (the same security forces they are
All of this directly contradicts claims
by Bush and other American politicians that Iraqi troops and security
forces are in control of the situation. Or maybe they are in control-
just not in a good way.
They’ve been finding corpses all over
Baghdad for weeks now- and it’s always the same: holes drilled in the
head, multiple shots or strangulation, like the victims were hung.
Execution, militia style. Many of the people were taken from their
homes by security forces- police or special army brigades… Some of them
were rounded up from mosques.