Thursday, October 20, 2005

Starve em out

From the BBC:

A senior United Nations official has accused US-led coalition troops of depriving Iraqi civilians of food and water in breach of humanitarian law.

Human rights investigator Jean Ziegler said they had driven people out of insurgent strongholds that were about to be attacked by cutting supplies.

..."A drama is taking place in total silence in Iraq, where the coalition's occupying forces are using hunger and deprivation of water as a weapon of war against the civilian population," Mr Ziegler told a press conference in Geneva.
I believe Dahr Jamail aptly titled this the "Fallujah Model" of counterinsurgent warfare, which the Americans brought to diverse locales like Haditha, Tal Afar, Najaf, and Ramadi.