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Wednesday, June 21, 2006


"Precision" air strikes

In Iraq:
U.S. forces killed three Iraqi farmers and wounded four during an air raid Tuesday over Buchahin, to the northeast of the capital.

The civilians were resting at a poultry farm when they were caught in the bombings, according to Hadi al Azawi, member of a human rights organization in Baquba, PL reports.

The U.S. command claimed that the mission was to eliminate members of the international Al Qaeda network.

AP Television News footage showed bloodstained mattresses and bullets inside a chicken processing plant in the village where residents say U.S. soldiers killed those civilians.
In Palestine:
A Palestinian woman was killed today in Gaza after a pair of Israeli missiles veered off target, one of them slamming into a house. It was the latest in a series of botched air strikes that have killed a dozen Palestinian civilians in the last eight days.

The strike, which also injured a reported 13 people in the southern town of Khan Yunis, came a day after another strike killed three Palestinian children, whose bodies were paraded today before burial through Gaza streets seething with angry citizens.
Mutilating captured soldiers and beheading them (if that is what happened to the two U.S. soldiers who were just captured and killed) is an atrocity. Is it any more of an atrocity than dropping bombs on people from high in the sky and obliterating them that way? Not as far as I'm concerned. But somehow, these non face-to-face murders never seem to draw the same degree of condemnation (or any condemnation at all, for that matter), even when the former involve the killing of soldiers engaged in a war/occupation, and the latter involves civilians. Needless to say, those remote murders by pushbutton are precisely the kind of murders that the Americans in Iraq and the Israelis in Palestine specialize in.

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