Saturday, April 09, 2005

Friday's photo shoot---The Iraq War continues..the Deaths continue...why does the MSM only report on the death of the pope?

The US media hasn't reported very much about the casualties in Iraq, since that purple finger tinged "democracy" was won through food deprivation, force, and other means. The Memory Hole does not let those deaths pass by unnoticed, though. Neither do the soldier's families.
Under reported articles...
A US National Guard unit has defied a Pentagon request that sought to stop television news crews filming six flag-draped soldiers' coffins arriving in Louisiana.
The Pentagon has barred US media from filming the coffins of US service members arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. But the Louisiana National Guard allowed a CBS news crew on Wednesday to film the arrival of six soldiers' coffins at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, near New Orleans, Louisiana.
and, from: "Today in Iraq"
"There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: Bring 'em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation. “ - George W. Bush, July 2, 2003.
Friday, April 08, 2005
War News for Friday, April 8, 2005
Bring `em on: Four Iraqi children killed by roadside bomb in Baghdad.
Bring ‘em on: CBS cameraman wounded by US troops in firefight near Mosul.
Bring ‘em on: One Turkish truck driver killed, six wounded in attack near Kirkuk.
Bring ‘em on: Iraqi officer assassinated near Basra.
Bring ‘em on: Eleven Iraqis working for US forces killed near Muhammadiyah.
Bring ‘em on: Twelve Iraqis wounded by suicide bomber in Tall Afar.
Bring ‘em on: Three Iraqi soldiers killed, 20 wounded in bomb attack near Mosul.
Bring ‘em on: Shi’ite shrine bombed near Latifiyah.
Bring ‘em on: Four Iraqis wounded in Najaf bombing.
US Marine killed in vehicle accident near Fallujah.
Hostages. “Arkan Mukhlif Al-Batawi, a farmer in the neighborhood of Taji, north of Baghdad, says US troops took his mother and sister hostage after raiding the family’s home last Saturday. Al-Batawi told Reuters that the women had been arrested in an attempt by the US to pressure him and two of his brothers to surrender themselves to US troops who suspect them of insurgent attacks. Several of Al-Batawi’s neighbors corroborated his version of the raid.
According to Reuters, the Army confirmed Wednesday that it has detained two Iraqi women and said it is investigating Al-Batawi’s accusations, but a military spokesperson also claimed that the women are being held as suspected insurgents, not hostages. Holding the women as hostages would be a violation of international law.”
Guardsman sounds off. “Staff Sgt. Brad Rogers, who is with the 2113th Transportation Company in Paducah, Ky., complained in an e-mail to friends and co-workers in Kentucky that soldiers in his unit are driving old M915 tractor-trailers that frequently break down. Rogers called the trucks "a dinosaur" and said they are equipped with only one armored panel on each side and are not fitted with protective glass, or ballistic windows. Rogers said he decided to speak out about the dangers to his unit after a fellow soldier, Sgt. James A. Sherrill, was killed last Sunday when a bomb exploded near his military vehicle. Sherrill, 27, died when a piece of metal went through the truck window and hit him around his left temple, Rogers said.”
Women in combat. “Army Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester bolted from her Humvee, took cover behind a berm along the road and began firing at the swarm of insurgents ambushing a U.S. military convoy south of Baghdad. ‘Bullets were flying everywhere,’ said Hester, 23, of Bowling Green. ‘I could hear them pinging off the truck in back of me. I could hear them hitting the ground next to me. It was pretty crazy.’ For almost a half-hour, Hester and nine other Kentucky National Guard soldiers, including another woman, Spec. Ashley Pullen, fought off 40 to 50 attackers armed with assault rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. When the shooting ended, 26 insurgents lay dead and seven were wounded.”
Convoy duty: “The 87th Corps Support Battalion operates a major distribution center for the 3rd Infantry Division’s Task Force Baghdad, hauling supplies to military installations and forward operating bases all over the city. And each morning, its soldiers conduct battle drills before hitting the road to prepare for what they might face outside the wire. About two months into a yearlong deployment, many troops say that while incidents have been few, they are definitely something to worry about.”
Stop-loss. “On June 11, 2004, two weeks before Santiago's National Guard contract was due to expire, his platoon sergeant informed him that he was subject to the Pentagon's controversial "stop-loss" policy and would not be allowed to leave the Guard. Last October, months after his contract was supposed to have ended, the Guard ordered Santiago to report to Fort Sill, Okla., for training in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. Santiago balked. Although he reported to Fort Sill as ordered and is there still, he's fighting the government in court….
Making it all the stranger is that the Army presented him with a new contract that extended his service until 2031. Army spokesperson Hart says the date was arbitrary, meant to allow for ‘wiggle room.’ Says Santiago, looking at another 27 years in the Army over and above the eight he signed up for: ‘It's crazy.’” Maybe SGT Santiago can ask one of his daddy’s influential friends to arrange a transfer to an Alabama postal detachment.
Stop-loss doesn’t apply if you’re gay. “An Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq wants a chance to remain in the military as an openly gay soldier, a desire that's bringing him into conflict with the Pentagon's ‘don't ask, don't tell’ policy. Sgt. Robert Stout, 23, says he has not encountered trouble from fellow soldiers and would like to stay if not for the policy that permits gay men and women to serve only if they keep their sexual orientation a secret.”
Bring it On....


Blogger PaxRomano said...

Frankly Medbh,

Even if the press showed the pictures of the dead in Iraq, I don't think half of America would even give a fudge. Our greedy self-obsessed society is only concerned with thing that affects them directly...we are in one sad, sorry state these days.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Medbh said...

I think you are right about our greedy self-obsessed society, but I also believe that if given the knowledge, that a change can occur. The problem is that the media does not even give us that option. They assist the government with hiding the human cost of the war. Thankfully the internet doesn't.

2:49 PM  

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