The Crazy Write Winger
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
More Iraqi War Crimes:
(Cross-posted from the Command Post)
Excerpts from a Slate article posted this morning on MSNBC.com.
In the wee hours of Monday morning, Iraqi fighters shot down a U.S. helicopter near Baghdad and forced 30 more to retreat. A U.S. commander called the attack ?asymmetrical warfare. ? You have 10 guys lying on top of a building firing [rocket-propelled grenades] and small arms.? If the U.S. were to bomb the building, the commander explained, civilians would die. So, the Iraqis blasted away, knowing that for moral reasons, the Americans couldn?t.
Excerpts from an article on the Islamic Republic News Agency (don't EVEN tell me this is biased western/conservative reporting):
Baghdad, March 25, IRNA -- The ruling Ba'ath Party of Iraq has warned its people not to evacuate the city or their houses and property or these would be confiscated by the government. According to IRNA correspondents, the Baghdad government has announced that those who leave the city will not be allowed to return.
Now they know darn right well attacks are coming, and are threatening thier own people with confiscation of property unless they stick around. Gee, I wonder why would they do this.
What do the Geneva Conventions say about this? From Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions:
And this is notable:
IRNA correspondents quoted a foreign reporter as saying the US-led coalition forces have set a number of days for civilians to leave Baghdad after which they will announce the city as a military region.
Why? Again, from Protocol I:
It is extremely clear the Coalition is taking great pains to distinguish civilian and military personnel, and the Iraqis are deliberately trying to pose as civilians, locate thier arms in civilian areas, and force thier own population - on pain of banishment and confiscation of property - to remain in a war zone so as to be human shields for the Iraqis. We're telling civilians to get out of the way, the Iraqis are telling them to stay home and get bombed.
If the Coalition wanted to win without worrying about civilian casualties, they could simply start dropping bombs at one end of Baghdad or Basra or Umm Qasr or wherever, walk the bombs indiscriminately across the city, and there isn't one blessed thing the Iraqis would be able to do about it. Attacks like these would make the bombings of Dresden and Hamburg look like precision guided attacks by comparison.
So before the liberal left starts screaming about Coalition war crimes, start pointing out this and other evidence of the perfidy of the Iraqi regime.
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