Monday, February 04, 2008

Why don't we hear about the million or more killed on purpose?

posted by Bill Arnett @ 3:49 PM Permalink

From todays NYT:
American forces said Sunday that they had accidentally killed nine Iraqi civilians and wounded three in a strike aimed at militants of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia south of Baghdad, acknowledging what appeared to be one of the deadliest cases of mistaken identity in recent weeks.

A military statement released late in the day said the accidental killings happened Saturday in Iskandariya, about 25 miles south of the capital, and that the wounded were taken to American military hospitals.[…]

Lt. Patrick Evans of the Navy, an American military spokesman, said that after the deaths in Iskandariya, American military officials met with a sheik representing the citizens of the local area and that the mistake was under investigation.

“We offer our condolences to the families of those who were killed in this incident, and we mourn the loss of innocent life,” Lieutenant Evans said. He said he did not know whether the Iraqi victims were citizen guardsmen or precisely how they had been killed.
Is it even possible to be more hypocritical?

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