Is Marja the new Fallujah? Will we read in coming days that although the allies warned the civilians to flee the poor did not and many hundreds died as a result of the effort to bring peace to Afghanistan. What is the price the U.S. is willing to pay, in Afghanistan civilians, to make Obama look strong? What price to defeat the Taliban (if ever we do)?
In Iraq today rockets smashed into Camp Sparrowhawk, near the town of Amarrah, and three or four bombs, it was not clear, blew up a few more Iraqi civilians around the country.
In Iraq today a female suicide bomber with an explosive belt blew herself up near a convoy of pilgrims in central al-Kufa on Friday, leaving four people killed and 10 others wounded, a local security source and eyewitnesses said. “The woman bomber’s attack targeted a convoy of pilgrims heading for Najaf to revive the memory of the death of the Prophet Muhammad,” the security source told Aswat Iraq news agency. He did not give details about casualties but eyewitnesses said the attack left 14 people killed or wounded. “Four women were killed and 10 others, including men and children, were wounded in the explosion,” an eyewitness told Aswat al-Iraq.
But my American media no longer tell such stories of Iraq. They tell of political struggles and use cold, mechanistic words to describe Maliki's struggle to maintain power. The daily fear and pain of the Iraqi populace is not an issue any more, if ever it really was to the American government and the news media.
Our minds close off the sins of the past as quickly as possible, and our attention shifts to the new war, the new militant group, the new insurrection...until these are also forgotten as we shift our focus again, and so deny our guilt and shame.
Iraqis are still paying for our efforts in their country. How long will the Afghani pay?