18 August 2005 at 3:05:20 PM
|An angry Iraqi crowd carried coffins through a Baghdad district on Thursday and threw rocks at American soldiers, accusing U.S. troops of killing three innocent middle-aged brothers, one of them in a wheelchair. |
The U.S. military said they had killed three "terrorists".
"They call everybody terrorists but they just commit terrorist acts whenever they want," said Mohsen Thabit, a friend of the men whom neighbours found shot in the head at home after a raid by U.S. and Iraqi troops in the Amiriya district overnight.
Texas protest changes columnist's perspective
The president had to pass the crosses and protestors when he attended a GOP fundraiser Friday afternoon (Aug. 12) at a nearby ranch. We protestors were backed farther away from the road, roped off with police tape for about four hours with Secret Service, state and county law enforcement officers. A helicopter flew overhead lower than others that we were accustomed to. The helicopter had an agent riding outside with a weapon trained on us, but once the motorcade passed he moved on as well. The motorcade went by us twice very fast, and a few of the vehicles had rifles pointed out open windows. I was thankful no one made any sudden moves.
Being there has changed my perspective regarding veterans. I have always respected the men and women of our military. But I don't think I've been showing it like one should. They honor our country and we citizens by their great service and sacrifice. We should respect and honor them. They go into the military and train to protect our country and our freedoms and understand they may have to sacrifice their lives. They trust our government to be in the right and don't question it. We should do what we can to ensure they aren't misused, abused or cast aside by our own government. We can do this by paying attention to what the people we elect are doing in Washington D.C. and calling or writing them when we are happy with them and when we are not. It's time to get off the couch, take 10 minutes out of your lunch break, or whenever you can find a few minutes as this is important.
I will never miss another Veteran's Day parade. I will write members of Congress at the first sign they are thinking of closing VA hospitals or cutting veterans' benefits. I am ashamed that the folks on Capital Hill balked at passing a bill to cover the shortfall in the VA budget for health care until there was a bombing in London.
We Americans have sat by while this administration and top Pentagon officials have gone against the Geneva Convention, which will put our troops in harm's way for years to come. This administration felt the need to have "torture" defined by the attorney general for the first time.
We Americans have sat by and allowed the low-level military personnel become scapegoats after the torture photographs came out. Everyone knows that in the military you follow orders without question. We haven't seen all the torture photos and videos. I'm sure we don't want the world to see our shame. Once we know about it and do nothing to stop it, then aren't we just as guilty as those who carry it out?
I am not antiwar. As long as it is possible for people like Adolph Hitler to come to power and persecute people, then there is a possibility for a need of military action. We need military presence here at home to protect ourselves from attack, so closing all the bases under Base Realignment And Closure makes absolutely no sense to me. I'm not sure why we need all those military bases all over the world, as I don't see the strategy of some of their locations. But I'm no expert.
I am antiwar in Iraq because we were lied to about why we are in Iraq, our troops still don't have enough protective equipment, there were no weapons of mass destruction and Iraq wasn't responsible for the bombing of the World Trade Center. The first report I saw on CNN was that Marines had successfully secured 20 oil sites. It hasn't been about taking democracy to the Iraqi people. The Downing Street memos, the massive number of soldiers returning wounded and with missing limbs and more than 1,841 American soldiers' deaths, those are some of the reason's I am against the war in Iraq.
We Americans should make sure we elect officials who will send our boys to war only when absolutely necessary. I do not intend to be partisan as I am very disappointed in the leadership in both parties. I am disappointed in "we Americans," too, as many of us have sat quietly by and let this happen and that includes me. I pray that our troops will be home by Thanksgiving. I don't care which side of the aisle in Congress can get it done. But I don't think it will happen unless we Americans start letting our voices be heard. Peace.
Shock, then anger
Those of you who think that Cindy Sheehan should be satisfied with her meeting with George Bush immediately after her son was killed have obviously never lost a child tragically.
As a mother of a son who died in an accident, I can tell you that in the first days and weeks you are in shock, and will look for anything to ease the pain. It's later, when the shock wears off, that you get angry with the person who dared to look you in the eyes and lie about why your son died.
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Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, acknowledged the U.S. military presence was becoming harder and harder to justify. He believes Iraq faces a serious danger of civil war that would threaten Middle East stability, and said there is little Washington can do to avert this.
"We are seen as occupiers, we are targets. We have got to get out. I don't think we can sustain our current policy, nor do I think we should," he said at one stop
4 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq
(CBS/AP) A roadside bomb north of Baghdad killed four American soldiers, the U.S. military said. Meanwhile, Iraqi lawmakers tried to reach compromises with Sunni Arab leaders Thursday on Iraq's draft constitution.
The military said the roadside bomb blast occurred in the tense, religiously mixed city of Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad. No further details were immediately available.
Samarra is among a series of towns and cities in central and western Iraq that fell into insurgent hands last year after the United States transferred sovereignty to the Iraqis. U.S. forces regained control last year but the situation there remains uncertain.
Government officials said that Wednesday's synchronized car bombings at a bus station and nearby hospital that killed up to 43 people in Baghdad were an attempt to target Shiites and stoke civil war between religious groups in the country.
A women screams during the funeral procession of three Iraqis killed overnight in the Ameriya district of Baghdad. According to local residents, the three men, all brothers from the Abbas family, were killed during a joint US-Iraqi military raid in search of insurgents.(AFP/Ali al-Saadi)
An Iraqi resident bandages Qamer Arkan's head after she was injured when a road-side bomb exploded, damaging the car she was travelling in, in Baghdad August 18, 2005. In a separate incident, four U.S. troops were killed in a roadside bomb blast north of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said in a statement. (Atef Hassan/Reuters)
Friends and relatives mourn the coffins of three brothers killed during an early morning raid, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq. The three brothers were killed in crossfire during a joint US-Iraqi troop raid on a suspected insurgent hideout in the Amiriyah area of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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