US forces in Iraq have adopted Nazi tactics of executing civilians in retaliation for resistance attacks.
According to the Iraqi police, American soldiers recently executed 11 people in Abu Sifa, a village about 60 miles north of Baghdad. Among the victims: A 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old child. The villagers were herded into a single room, where they were all slaughtered without mercy. The Americans then burned three vehicles, went after the villagers' animals, and blew up the house: all of this is detailed in the Iraqi police report, a copy of which was obtained by Knight-Ridder News Agency and reproduced on their Web site.
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The Americans claim they were after a member of al-Qaeda, a relative of the house's owner, and that the structure collapsed in the firefight. The police report, citing witnesses, says the house was destroyed after the soldiers entered and exited it. The Americans say only four were killed, but the Iraqi police count 11, who are named in the report.
An isolated incident? That's how the Pentagon spins cases like this, but the growing list of American atrocities tells a different story. On the day the horror of Abu Sifa was revealed, Time published an account of a similar operation carried out in the western town of Haditha, in which 23 Iraqi civilians were murdered by U.S. troops, "including seven women and three children still in their nightclothes," according to the London Independent.
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story, up until recently, was that they were killed in a roadside bomb set
off by insurgents: this has now been retracted, and an official investigation
is underway. However the U.S. military still insists that the incident involved
a firefight initiated by an explosion: the civilians, the brass aver, were "collateral
damage." When the bomb went off, a car near an American convoy was approached,
and the occupants were confronted and told to get out and lie face down on the
road. They ran and were cut down, amid gunfire coming from neighboring houses.
Locals tell a far different story. According to them, the Americans didn't
order anybody to do anything: they simply hauled them out of the vehicle and
shot them like dogs in the road. No gunfire was coming from anywhere other than
out of American gun barrels.