April 24, 2005

Bad news from Iraq

I have received the same photoshopped picture in two seperate emails in the past week. I'd just like to point out how idiotic it is. (No offense to those who sent the picture, but I have to disagree that Iraq is "safe.")

Here is the pic:

MESSAGEFROMTHEKIDSINIRAQ.jpg

Well, it's not even that funny to begin with. It's even less funny when you look at recent news from Iraq.

From Newsweek:

In Madaen and villages nearby, corpses bobbed to the surface of the Tigris River until police counted 60. Hashimi and his friends photographed 55 of the bodies and delivered the pictures and lists to Baghdad. Shiite politicians accused the insurgents of ethnic cleansing, and demanded that the caretaker government act. Insurgents in another town near Baghdad, Haditha, responded by kidnapping 19 Shiite fishermen and National Guardsmen, lining them up against a wall in a sports stadium and shooting them dead. Then, during Friday prayers, a suicide car bomber in east Baghdad hit the Shia Al Subeih mosque, killing nine and wounding 20.

From the New York Times:

BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 24 - Twin car bombs killed six Iraqi police officers and injured at least 30 at a police academy in Tikrit today. In Baghdad, 15 people were killed and at least 57 were hurt in two bomb blasts near a Shiite mosque, as insurgents continued their campaign of violence against Iraqis.

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The military also reported two deaths at the hands of insurgents: On Saturday, a sailor assigned to the Second Marine Division was killed by a homemade bomb while conducting operations in Falluja. The Marines released no other details. In eastern Baghdad, a soldier from Task Force Baghdad died just after dawn today when his patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device.

You can track the grim news from Iraq here. Or, if you know how to use RSS feeds (I sure as hell don't) you can get a constant stream of Iraq news here. But you might not want to. It's kinda depressing.

Maybe you guys should email this photo instead.

The caption: "Insurgents in Haditha executed 19 Shiite fishermen and National Guardsmen in a sports stadium."

Posted by smit2174 at April 24, 2005 5:56 PM