Four days ago, I wrote a post on a news report about the US bombing an Iraqi household to smithereens, killing 11 of its inhabitants, women and children included.
It turns out that the gruesome story in its entirety is one hundred times worse than the initial report. According to the autopsies, the victims were bound and shot in the head BEFORE the house was bombed.
Major Ali Ahmed of the Ishaqi police said U.S. forces had landed on the roof of the house in the early hours and shot the 11 occupants, including the five children.These are war crimes and crimes against humanity under international law. Even if they escape punishment on earth, the perpetrators of this crime will reap their reward in hell. They have sold their souls.
"After they left the house they blew it up," he said.
Another policeman, Colonel Farouq Hussein, said autopsies had been carried out at Tikrit hospital and found "all the victims had gunshot wounds to the head".
The bodies, their hands bound, had been dumped in one room before the house was destroyed, Hussein said. Police had found spent American-issue cartridges in the rubble.
"It's a clear and perfect crime without any doubt," he said.
Police in Salahaddin province, a heartland of the Sunni Arab insurgency and the home region of Saddam Hussein, have frequently criticised U.S. military tactics in the area.
Police officers said the U.S. military had asked for a meeting with local tribal leaders. The Joint Co-ordination Centre in Tikrit which coordinates between U.S. and Iraqi security forces said later the meeting would happen on Friday.
Ishaqi's town administrator, Rasheed Shather, said the town was shocked: "Everyone went to the funeral. We want the Americans to give us an explanation for this horrible crime."
Photographs of the funeral showed men crying as five children, who all looked under the age of five, were wrapped in blankets and then lined up in a row. One man who described himself as a relative said one was just seven months old.
"They killed these innocent children. Are these considered terrorists? Is a seven-month-old child a terrorist?" he said angrily, speaking close to the remains of the house.
Local teacher Faeq Nsaef was also outraged: "An entire family was killed. It's a barbarian act."
On a different detestable note, the enormity of this travesty appears to be lost on the vultures at AP and getty images who, in the name of greed, shamelessly stamp their filthy trademarks on the images of the murdered victims .
I've concealed it here out of respect for the victims. But, if you visit the link and scroll down to the copyrighted images, you'll see a number of images where those sleazebags stamped their logos on the faces of the dead victims.
How utterly tasteless and inhumane. They exploit both the living and the dead.