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The "clean" war, where "surgical" hits will be directed with "precision" using "smart bombs" continues for the ninth day... Having been met with surprising resistance, with angry crowds in Safwan, with Shi'is fighting them in Najaf and Nasiriya, and with humiliating defeats in battles with Iraqis, the US/UK have turned their frustration on the media. First they bombed Baghdad TV to prevent Iraq from giving its version of the happenings. They have declared Iraqi TV a military target, because it is used for propaganda! Does that make Fox TV, the BBC and CNN military targets too? Or perhaps Kuwait TV? Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell criticized Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel for showing images of US and British dead soldiers and POWs (though I would have wanted Iraq to call them "illegal combatants" and deny them protection under the Geneva Convention).. Suddenly, images of POWs were a violation of international agreements, while the killing of civilians is not… What morals! Then the web site of Al-Jazeera was brought down seemingly by spam … So much for freedom of expression. If they can not accept even verbal criticism, how are they going to bring "democracy" to Iraq?? But the Americans are known to be poor loosers. When they can not face you, they will burn you. Like Japan, like Vietnam, like Somalia, like Beirut etc.. Yesterday they bombed al-Ma'moun telephone exchange, claiming it is being used for military communication. My family lives close to that exchange, and I can not reach them by phone anymore. I don't know their fate.. Last night I watched live on satellite TV as the Telecommunications centre in Baghdad was being targeted, to prevent Iraq from having contacts with the world.The lies used to justify these attacks by the US/UK are pathetic. Yesterday too, an explosion about 500 meters west of the Information Ministry sent scores of journalists fleeing. That is where all the foreign journalists are located with their dishes and transmitters.. The US/UK are trying to scare those journalists and force them to leave, thus preventing Iraq from telling its story. This way, US/UK war crimes would be covered up. They don't want us to see the images of the seven houses destroyed by missiles in Mosul yesterday, where over 50 died, all civilians... They do not want the images of the market area in the Al-Sha'ab quarters in Baghdad to be viewed by us, so we would not see the 15 civilians who died or the tens wounded in the explosions caused by two US missiles... They do not want us to see the men, women and children wounded by the indiscriminate bombing... They don't want us to see their lies exposed, or their scared soldiers running away leaving their dead behind... They don't want us to see their "contactless" bombardment of city centers, nor the cowardly attacks on buses and cars on the motorway... Is this an indication of the kind of Iraq they want to create after Saddam?? In solidarity Hassan __________________________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Platinum - Watch CBS' NCAA March Madness, live on your desktop! http://platinum.yahoo.com _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk