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Cannibalism as terror weapon in Iraq

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/baqubah-update-05-july-2007.htm

The Iraqi official related how al Qaeda united these gangs who then became absorbed into “al Qaeda.” They recruited boys born during the years 1991, 92 and 93 who were each given weapons, including pistols, a bicycle and a phone (with phone cards paid) and a salary of $100 per month, all courtesy of al Qaeda. These boys were used for kidnapping, torturing and murdering people.

At first, he said, they would only target Shia, but over time the new al Qaeda directed attacks against Sunni, and then anyone who thought differently. The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11 years old. As LT David Wallach interpreted the man’s words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, “What did he say?” Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 15th, 2007 6:27pm
yeah.  Terrorists are bad people.
Permalink worldsSmallestViolin 
July 15th, 2007 8:02pm
compare serving a few dozen children to their families (or hell, everything al qaida has done to date) to the following events that have happened in our recent lifetimes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol_Pot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_Genocide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darfur_conflict

Kinda puts the whole thing in perspective, does it not.
Permalink Send private email arg! 
July 15th, 2007 8:16pm
the trouble with these kinds of discussions is that ultimately the only possible outcome is a general agreement that the entire world is mad, and that the only logical response is to fry every insane foreign person with our advanced nuclear technology, wait a few (thousand) years for the radiation to settle and repopulate.

...and whenever I point this out someone takes offence and calls me names...


seriously, the only problems I have with bush and the Iraq/Iran thing are the issues of consistency and scale.  I entirely agree that the regimes are full of insane people, Im totally down with the idea that we need to fix that, but bush has failed twice.  once by not going far enough - instead of invasion we should just be glazing the sands, and once by limiting the countries involved....instead of just Afghanistan and Iraq we should be taking out every.  single. insane. dictator. in. the. world.

all of them.

and not just the dictators, but any country where there is a significantly large sub group causing harm.

so this includes indonesia, china, russia, iran, saudi arabia, north korea, tamil....

all of them.  the earth is overpopulated anyway.  lets just burn the little fuckers off the planet while we still can and look ahead to a future without foreign asshats screaming at us.

but, failing that, I just dont see why bush bothered.  loets just get the fuck out of Iraq and Afghanistan and go home.
Permalink worldsSmallestViolin 
July 15th, 2007 8:24pm
Also, please note that the so called "journalist" in question is selling photos of a US soldier cradeling a dead iraqi child for $175 a pop.

for profit.

"even national treasures have practical costs associated with them. No one protests the admission fees or government supports that maintain and preserve their legacy. Museums don't diminish the value of art when they sell prints in a gift shop. I'm not claiming to be Picasso, and this blog is hardly the Louvre, but my readers have convinced me that this image inspires them and I've learned to listen to my readers"

http://michaelyon.blogspot.com/
Permalink Send private email arg! 
July 15th, 2007 8:34pm
> the Iraqi official related

So he didn't see it himself.

There's one paragraph in no context.  With no official identified.

So he's telling a story that the official told him, that the official didn't see, but had told to him.

Forgive me for being doubtful.

People exaggerate.  People paint their enemies with black propaganda. Paint themselves with  black propaganda to scare the enemy.

Remember the incubator babies in Kuwait?
Permalink s 
July 16th, 2007 5:01am
wow.

thanks for posting that. that has completely fucked my brain up.
Permalink $-- 
July 16th, 2007 7:06am
"please note that the so called "journalist" in question is selling photos"

And the prize for person with the least clue goes to... you.

You think the reporter's article has no credibility because he SELLS his stories and photos.

Do you hold all reporters to the same criteria or just this one?

I'm pretty sure almost all professional journalists derive an income from their work, and without that income, they would not be able to report on things because, apparently unlike yourself, they are not sitting on a big inheritance from mommy.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 16th, 2007 3:03pm

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