Tuesday, January 8, 2008

If It's Not Covered, Did It Happen?

I've not seen anything about this story in the U.S. media. It likely got a short blurb, but it certainly hasn't gotten the attention that it deserves:

BAGHDAD - The recent killing of two U.S. soldiers by their Iraqi colleague has raised disturbing questions about U.S. military relations with Iraqi forces.

On Dec. 26, an Iraqi soldier opened fire on U.S. soldiers accompanying him during a joint military patrol in the northern Iraqi city Mosul. He killed the U.S. captain and another sergeant, and wounded three others, including an Iraqi interpreter.

Conflicting versions of the killing have arisen. Col. Hazim al-Juboory, uncle of the attacker, Kaissar Saady al-Juboory, told IPS that his nephew at first watched the U.S. soldiers beat up an Iraqi woman. When he asked them to stop, they refused, so he opened fire.
I don't even have to read what the Pentagon is saying, or the right-wing noise machine. And who knows what the truth really is in the situation.

But it doesn't really matter.

The perception by Iraqi's is that this guy was a hero for protecting Iraqi women. And it's just something like this that could spark the entire country to violently turn against Americans.

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