From the Eastern Daily Press, Friday, May 20, 2004:
Civilians are still being killed
Braymeadow Lane, Little Melton.
I suggest Brian Crane (letters, May 18) reads the recent Amnesty International report on British forces in Iraq before he criticises Margaret Finn, whose earlier letter claimed that war brutalises soldiers.
Mr. Crane believes British forces only open fire where they believe that their lives are in danger".
However, Amnesty notes "in a number of cases UK soldiers have opened fire and killed Iraqi civilians in circumstances where there was apparently no imminent threat of death or serious injury to themselves or others".
Hanen Saleh Matrud, an eight-year-old girl, was shot dead outside her home. In another incident, Gnanem Kadem Kati, an unarmed young man, was shot twice in the back by a British soldier at the door of his house.
The situation is not improving. Amnesty concludes: "More than a year after the occupation of Iraq, civilians are still being killed unlawfully every day by coalition forces, armed groups and individuals."
My comment today:
Once more the league of government, media and corporate bosses have got rid of a critic, in the person of Piers Morgan, editor of the Daily Mirror - on the suggestion that he knowingly printed photographs alleged to be "fakes".
But the problem will not go away. It is not only Amnesty International, but the International Red Cross - and even, apparently the military themselves, since "investigation continues" - admit the facts of cruelty to detainees and killing of unarmed civilians continuing in this illegal occupation following the illegal war so crookedly and secretly cooked up by the US and UK governments.
The wickedness of the Anglo-American governments in this issue are so blatantly obvious and understood across the world except in the fantasy world of Amglo-American government and media that it is only a matter of time before the REAL culprits are brought to book.