Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Remember Fallujah

"Not one story in the mainstream corporate media mentioned the crucial point that what had been done to Fallujah was a massive war crime or really multiple war crimes," writes Dave Lindorff of "the collective punishment of a population for the actions of a few enemy fighters within their midst, the refusal to allow civilians to evacuate the scene of a battle, the wanton destruction of a city, etc." — See No Evil. More:
    The Nuremberg Charter, as well as the Geneva Conventions, drawn up in 1949 and approved by the US Senate, make it clear that collective punishment, as practiced widely, particularly on the Eastern Front in World War II by the Nazi Wehrmacht, is a war crime. As Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention puts it:

      No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.

    Other Geneva Conventions were also violated by the US assaults on Fallujah, which featured the deliberate targeting of hospitals and ambulances, as well as the active refusal to allow male non-combatants to flee the scene of impending battle, the execution of wounded or captured enemy fighters, and the denial of protected status to boys under the age of 18 who were seeking to flee the scene of battle.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Larry Kirwan's NYC-based Irish rock band "Black '47", no strangers to radical political tunes, wrote a song a few years ago on their "IRAQ" album that has some lyrics that mention Fallujah. The song is called "Downtown Baghdad Blues." Here are the lines from the last stanza:

"Mission accomplished, yeah, up on deck
Got no armor for my humvee, left facin’ this train wreck
Shia don’t like me, want islamic revolution
Sunni say civil war is part of the solution
Maybe someday there’ll be peace in fallujah
Mcdonald’s on the boulevard, cadillac cruisin’
I’m tryin’ hard to keep this whole thing straight
But will someone tell me what am i doin’ here in the first place?"

The song:

January 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Justin Sirois said...

This is a great post, man. I wanted to share my new novel with you guys; it's about the first siege of Fallujah, told from an Iraqi's perspective. I think you'll dig it:


January 26, 2012 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

These far-fetched claims that war crimes were committed are based on the absurd idea that Arabs are actually human beings, which is self-evidently untruthful.

January 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM  

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