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Toy Cart Kills 2 – AP Stresses US ‘Crimes’

From those moral relativists at the Associated Press:


Iraq bomb in toy cart hits children in playground

By Mussab Al-Khairalla

A bomb hidden in a cart of toys killed two children and wounded 17 others in a playground in northern Iraq on Friday, the first day of a national holiday to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The attack came the day after U.S. forces killed nine children and six women in an air strike northwest of Baghdad targeting suspected al Qaeda leaders. The U.N. mission in Iraq urged U.S. forces to conduct a “vigorous” probe into the strike.

Police Colonel Abbas Mohammed said a would-be suicide bomber pushed the cart into a play area in the predominantly Shi’ite northern town of Tuz Khurmato. He said the bomber was wounded.

The town’s mayor, Mohammed Rasheed, told Reuters two boys aged between 10 and 12 had died and another 17 people under the age of 18 had been wounded in the deadly attack…

The U.S. military said it was conducting a “thorough investigation” of Thursday’s strike by attack helicopters near Lake Thar Thar, about 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Baghdad…

In its latest human rights report on Iraq, published on Thursday, the United Nations called on U.S. forces to investigate the killing of civilians in air strikes or raids by ground forces and make the findings public.

Iraqi civilians have borne the overwhelming brunt of violence since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, with tens of thousands killed across the country.

The United Nations also called for probes to determine whether private security contractors in Iraq have committed war crimes by killing civilians and for governments to ensure that the rule of law is applied.

The killing of 17 Iraqis in a shooting involving U.S. security firm Blackwater last month has created tensions between Baghdad and Washington and sparked calls for tighter controls on private contractors, who are immune from prosecution in Iraq.

Even by the loathsome standards of the Associated Press, this is a disgusting piece on so many levels. (Especially when you consider the headline was probably written by someone other than the reporter.)

Mr. Mussab Al-Khairalla just couldn’t wait to put in his (and the AP’s) idea of the moral equivalence between this bomber and the US military, which appears in the second paragraph:

The attack came the day after U.S. forces killed nine children and six women in an air strike northwest of Baghdad targeting suspected al Qaeda leaders. The U.N. mission in Iraq urged U.S. forces to conduct a “vigorous” probe into the strike.

Guess what, Mr. Al-Khairalla, the US does not target civilians. Any civilians who get injured are due to accident.

And no other military force in the history of the world does more to avoid such accidents. (At a deadly cost to their own troops.)

Iraqi civilians have borne the overwhelming brunt of violence since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, with tens of thousands killed across the country.

What a liar you are, Mr. Al-Khairalla, to imply that these civilians have all been killed by the US, when the vast majority have been killed by your fellow Muslims.

But congratulations, Mussab, for even managing to drag in Blackwater once again.

Also, it is informative to note that there are as yet no photos of this incident on the news wires. When you would think they could make for some poignant shots. Mangled toys lying on the ground?

Remember how many (questionable) shots we saw like that when the Israelis went into Lebanon?

 

But we will get no similar photos from this attack, you can be sure.

But this is what passes for journalism from the All Propaganda agency the AP.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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