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Old 07-18-2006, 06:26 PM   #1
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14,000 Iraqis killed so far in 2006

unspeakably tragic.



[q]U.N.: 14,000 Iraqis killed in 2006
Holy city bomb kills 45; Armed robbers hit Baghdad bank

Tuesday, July 18, 2006; Posted: 5:45 p.m. EDT (21:45 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- More than 14,000 civilians have been killed in Iraq in the first half of this year, an ominous figure reflecting the fact that "killings, kidnappings and torture remain widespread" in the war-torn country, a United Nations report says.

Killings of civilians are on "an upward trend," with more than 5,800 deaths and more than 5,700 injuries reported in May and June alone, it says.

The report, a bimonthly document produced by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq, covers May and June, and includes chilling casualty figures and ugly anecdotes from the insurgent and sectarian warfare that continues to rage despite the establishment of a national unity government and a security crackdown in Baghdad.

The report lists examples of bloody suicide bombs aimed at mosques, attacks on laborers, the recovery of slain bodies, the assassinations of judges, the killings of prisoners, the targeting of clergy -- all incidents dutifully reported by media over these three-plus years of chaos in the streets.

The U.N. agency says it has been made aware since last year of the targeting of homosexuals, "increasingly threatened and extra-judicially executed by militias and 'death squads' because of their sexual orientation."

The intolerance propelling the anti-gay prejudice extends to ethnic and religious minorities and others whose manner of dress doesn't meet the standards of religious extremists.

"On 28 May, an Iraqi tennis coach and two of his players were shot dead in Baghdad allegedly because they were wearing shorts. Similar threats are said to be made to induce men to conform to certain hair styles or rules regarding facial hair," the report says.

Women face intolerance -- and violence -- as well.

"In some Baghdad neighborhoods, women are now prevented from going to the markets alone. In other cases, women have been warned not to drive cars or have faced harassment if they wear trousers. Women have also reported that wearing a headscarf is becoming not a matter of religious choice but one of survival in many parts of Iraq, a fact which is particularly resented by non-Muslim women."

Academics and health professionals have been attacked, spurring them to leave the country or their home regions, causing a brain drain and a dislocation in services.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/...ain/index.html

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See what happens when religion gets out of controll. We have Militant Islam. 14,000 killed by fellow muslims and not US soldiers.
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Horrible but nothing compared to the stated 10 million Americans that they are targeting.

Which city of ours will we lose before we wake up to what we're dealing with here?

D.C.? Los Angeles? New York?
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I would say Adios to NY. If that happened Adios Middle East and Islam I am guessing.
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What the fuck?
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What the fuck?
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The figure should cause an automatic response of revulsion. So many losses. Instead, the response is to measure it against potential American lives. Hence the 'what the fuck'.
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Horrible but nothing compared to the stated 10 million Americans that they are targeting.

Iraqis are targeting 10,000,000 Americans?
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10,000,000 Americans? Egads!
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Horrible but nothing compared to the stated 10 million Americans that they are targeting.

Which city of ours will we lose before we wake up to what we're dealing with here?

D.C.? Los Angeles? New York?
What. The. Fuck.
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What. The. Fuck.
It's simple. They hate us. Thank you very much, George Bush.
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It's simple. They hate us. Thank you very much, George Bush.
They have hated us before this president. It all started with Carter and from then on it got worse.
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And they loved us in 1979.
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They have hated us before this president. It all started with Carter and from then on it got worse.
It goes back before Carter, I'm willing to bet. In the '50's the U.S. overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran and re-installed the Shah with his infamous secret police, SAVAK. Iran is mixed up with Iraqi politics. It's even been suggested that Iran is really running the Middle East these days. But I don't think any president has been as damaging to our diplomacy as Bush, none of them.
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Yeah, Iran loved us enough to take 54 hostages and wreck a Presidency.
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