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On Sat, 09 Aug 2003 04:17:27 -0400 firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >Iraq: 100 days of 'peace' >Casualties > > * 57 US troops, 11 British troops killed since 1 May > * 35 allied troops died in accidents, > * 3 possible suicides, 3 drowned > * 1,000 children injured by unexploded ordnance > * 15 to 25 civilians shot dead daily in Baghdad > * 1 UK journalist shot dead I see this today: =*=*=*=*=*= Jamie Wilson, Baghdad Saturday August 9, 2003 The Guardian = US snipers shot dead two Iraqis and injured at least two others they claimed were selling weapons at a street market in Saddam Hussein's home town, Tikrit, yesterday. It happened after senior officers said they were scaling down the iron-fisted way their forces have been policing the country, which has alienated even moderate Iraqis. [...] Snipers were placed around the market in Tikrit after the Americans heard that weapons and ammunition were sold there every Friday, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell of the 22nd Infantry Regiment said. Witnesses said women ran screaming from the market after shots rang out and a man unloading AK-47 assault rifles from the back of a red car fell to the ground. A second man was shot in the head and died at the scene. One of the wounded men escaped and the other was taken for treatment at a nearby hospital. It seems that the men were not given a warning or a chance to surrender. "We did not give them the chance to engage," Col Russell said, standing next to a cache of weapons and ammunition laid out on a tarpaulin. He showed identity cards which, he said, linked the men to old regime. "When people pick up weapons and carry them freely they become combatants and we will engage them," he added. "I think we sent out a strong message today that you cannot walk around the streets with weapons." It was an unfortunate start to the new "softly softly" approach the US commanders claim to be adopting. [...] =*=*=*=*=*=*= Actually, the message this sends is that the rules imposed by the US in Iraq is to shoot people down at will, and to hell with law (except the "law of the jungle"). It also sends the message that one should carry their weapons concealed, engage in resisting in secret, and never trust what the enemy says. It send the message that the US intends to rule through terror. It is also apparant that the new rules say that killing the innocent or civilians is not to be considered as being a serious problem. This is the sort of "liberation" the Nazis brought. As such, all Americans, British, or those working with or for them in Iraq are the enemy and part of the evil empire, are now legitimate targets for the Iraqi resistance. It had been said during the American revolution that the price of liberty is the blood of patriots; it seems that is as true for Iraqi patriots. What a shame! 86 43 ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! _______________________________________________ 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