In November 2004 the US – with British support – launched a massive
assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The scale of the attack – and its
effect on civilians – was unprecedented in the bloody history of the
invasion and occupation, yet the crimes committed in Fallujah received
little attention here and have quickly been forgotten.
…”There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…”
Unless of course you are an unfortunate soul who happens to live in a country
under occupation by a superpower that lacks regard for the rights afforded civilian populations under international law, say one of the 40,000 residents unable or unwilling to abandon their homes during the US assault on Fallujah, Iraq in November 2004.
Fallujah, Iraq / White Phosphorus aka “shake & bake”
Women and Children?…Hearts and Minds?…Democracy?
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
“It is always easier to fight for ones principles than to live up to them.”
~ Alfred Adler
“The world should take notice when someone—-with a fanatic mind and with
powerful means, receives his marching orders from Heaven.”
~ Rodrigue Tremblay
“That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only
unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American
~ Theodore Roosevelt
A high-ranking Red Cross official estimated that “at least 800 civilians”
were killed in the first 9 days of the November 2004 assault on Fallujah (Inter Press Service, 16 November 2004) – an operation originally codenamed “Thanksgiving massacre” (Telegraph, 24 December 2004).
Once again US forces committed major war crimes:
The city was placed ‘under a strict night-time shoot-to-kill curfew’ with
‘anyone spotted in the soldiers’ night vision sights…shot’ (Times, 12 Nov 04)
Male refugees were prevented from leaving the combat zone (AP, 13 Nov 04)
US forces were filmed killing an unarmed, wounded Iraqi (Guardian, 16 Nov)
US warplanes dropped 3 bombs on the Central Health Centre clinic, killing
35 patients (including 5 children under the age of ten) and 24 medical staff (The Nation, 13 Dec 04)
Refugees from the city claimed that ‘a large number of people, including children, were killed by American snipers’. (Independent, 24 Nov 04)
US forces used phosphorus weapons ‘that create a screen of fire that cannot be extinguished with water’. (Washington Post, 10 Nov 04).
Wikipedia: United States occupation of Fallujah