Hi, dear sister.
While reading the New York Times today I noted that our forces had
surrounded and closed off Aladamiya--the entire area, for at least 9 hours. I
wasn't clear if they had opened it up after the gun fight had ended.
In searching for
that neighborhood on the internet, so I could find it on my
map, so I could be sure it was far from you (but how far is far?) I found an
article from May, 2005 stating that the US forces were very happy, back in
May, with the state of that very same neighborhood. They were about to make
it the central command for the 1st Infantry of Iraq, and planned to turn it
over to the Iraqi forces. Oooops. I guess they were wrong. And guess who
printed that article...the US Deparment of Defense, a group of peopl who
should know what the reality is on the ground in Iraq. After all, they are
running an invasion there. Sadly, they have no clue as to what is real in
San Francisco Chronicle ran this description of how the US forces
ended up fighting with the Shi'a against the Sunni, and how the frightened
citizens ended up taking the side of the Sunni gunmen because the thought
the police were a Shi'a death squad:
"Authorities said about 50 Sunni gunmen fought
security forces for nine hours in the northern neighborhood of Adamiya,
forcing U.S. troops working in support of Iraqi forces to close down streets
and entrances to the area.
were drawn into the clash, exchanging gunfire with Iraqi
soldiers and police they believed to be members of a death squad. "
I really don't think we
belong there. And I don't think the group 2370
American families who have buried their children after they died in Iraq
should be made a larger group. This says nothing, of course, about the tens
of thousands of Iraqis who have already died, nor the 100's of thousands who
are wounded, lost family members, suffer from trauma, etc. Aaaargh! Enough
is enough. Bring the troops home now!
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