The Other Haditha

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  1. carpro

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    The Other Haditha

    By Omer Mahdi and Rory Carroll

    The Guardian | June 5, 2006

    The executions are carried out at dawn on Haqlania bridge, the entrance to Haditha. A small crowd usually turns up to watch even though the killings are filmed and made available on DVD in the market the same afternoon.
    One of last week’s victims was a young man in a black tracksuit. Like the others he was left on his belly by the blue iron railings at the bridge’s southern end. His severed head rested on his back, facing Baghdad. Children cheered when they heard that the next day’s spectacle would be a double bill: two decapitations. A man named Watban and his brother had been found guilty of spying.
    With so many alleged American agents dying here Haqlania bridge was renamed Agents’ bridge. Then a local wag dubbed it Agents’ fridge, evoking a mortuary, and that name has stuck.
    A three-day visit by a reporter working for the Guardian last week established what neither the Iraqi government nor the US military has admitted: Haditha, a farming town of 90,000 people by the Euphrates river, is an insurgent citadel.
    You can bet our one party media won’t be telling us much about this town in their ongoing feeding frenzy.
    But just remember this article when you hear the denizens of Haditha express their outrage at the "American atrocities" they claim to have witnessed.
  2. The Galatian

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    Well, terrorists are just as bad. That's comforting to know.

    Since when did we set the bar that low?

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