Sunday, September 07, 2003

Unremarkable Killings

If you're looking for an anecdote indicative of the brutality of the American occupation of Iraq, then perhaps the story of how Farah Fadhil was killed is worth reflecting upon.

A clearly outraged Peter Beaumont of the Guardian sees her death as "part of a pattern that points not to a deliberate policy but perhaps to something equally worrying, an institutional lack of care among many in the US military for whether civilians are killed in their operations. It is not enough to say, as some defenders of the US military in Iraq do, that its soldiers are tired, frightened and under pressure from the simmering guerrilla attacks directed against them. For it is the impression that the US military gives of not caring about those innocent Iraqis that they kill that is stoking resentment."