Death in Baghdad -- on the Giuliana Sgrena affair
Riverbend from her Baghdad Burning Blog:
I don’t understand why Americans are so shocked with this incident. Where is the shock? That Sgrena’s car was under fire? That Americans killed an Italian security agent? After everything that occurred in Iraq — Abu Ghraib, beatings, torture, people detained for months and months, the stealing, the rape...is this latest so very shocking? Or is it shocking because the victims weren’t Iraqi?
I’m really glad she’s home safe but at the same time, the whole situation is somewhat painful. It hurts because thousands of Iraqis have died at American checkpoints or face to face with a tank or Apache and beyond the occasional subtitle on some obscure news channel, no one knows about it and no one cares. It just hurts a little bit.
She also writes about an incident in a hospital in Baghdad where Iraqi National Guard beat up doctors so they can get treatment over civilian patients. Pretty sad stuff:
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