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October 22, 2007

96 Years of Bombing the Arabs

Filed under: Uncategorized — barabie @ 6:55 pm

It was the Italians, hell-bent on acquiring an African empire, who got the ball rolling. In 1911 the Libyan Arab tribes opposed an Italian invasion. Their civilians were the first to be bombed from the air, when the infant Italian air force bombed the oases of Tagiura and Ain Zara in a reprisal attack. The French followed in 1912, sending six planes to a “police action” in their bit of Morocco.

In Iraq, few days pass without the US Air Force bombing civilian targets. In a high-profile atrocity in May, a bunch of trigger-happy fly-boys shot up a village wedding in western Iraq, killing 45 guests including many children, and a Baghdad singer loved by millions, but these things happen almost daily in towns like Najaf, Samarra and Fallujah, and in other places too far from public gaze to warrant media attention.

The explanation – on the increasingly rare occasions that one is given – is always that these are precision strikes against “terrorists” (newspeak for resistance fighters), but the injured that reach the hospitals and the bodies that turn up in the town morgues are largely women and children.

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  1. Let’s not forget the comments by Winston Churchill:

    “This failed to end the resistance and Arab and Kurdish uprisings continued to pose a threat to British rule. Churchill suggested that chemical weapons should be used “against recalcitrant Arabs as an experiment.” He added “I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes to spread a lively terror” in Iraq.”

    Comments Churchill made after an uprising by 100,000 armed tribesmen took place in 1920. Native people rising up to throw off the yoke of oppression get hammered with poison gas and their supposed to be “uncivilized?”

    Churchill’s comments reflect the true face of American intervention policies in the ME.

    In the 1920’s, poison gas was the preferred method of spreading terror.

    Today, it’s thousands of tons of DU munitions that have and will continue to affect the lives and DNA of Iraqi’s for generations to come.

    Comment by Greg Bacon — October 22, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

  2. Good. Next time they’ll think twice before messing with others.

    Comment by CAT — October 23, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

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