The Daily Mirror’s Sunday version (you remember that fine, upstanding publication, right?) reports that one of those heartless, war-crime prone US Marines has shot a “noncombatant.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it a mere ten days ago when the Daily Mirror featured a headline which denigrated the intelligence of some (updated) 60 million Americans for *not* voting for a man who is an admitted war criminal?
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AFP) - The body of a blonde-haired woman with her legs and arms cut off and throat slit was found lying on the street in Fallujah, a notorious enclave for hostage-takers, marines said.Nothing so dangerous to jihadis as a couple of middle-aged women.
"It is definitely a Caucasian woman with long blonde hair," said a military official, who cut open a cover that had been over the corpse.
The gruesome discovery was made as the marines moved through the south of Fallujah, hunting out the remaining die-hard rebels after a week of fierce fighting to regain control of the city.
"It is a female... missing all four appendages, with a slashed throat and disembowled, she has been dead for a while but only in this location for a day or two," said Benjamin Finnell, a hospital apprentice with the Navy Corps, who had inspected the body.
An AFP photographer embedded with the marines said the woman was wearing a blue dress and her face was completely disfigured. [SNIP]
Sweeps of rubble-strewn neighbourhoods in Fallujah have already uncovered a grisly underworld of hostage slaughterhouses, prisons and torture chambers as well as the corpses of Iraqis who had been executed, marines say.[SNIP]
Two foreign women have been abducted in Iraq (news - web sites) and remain missing.
One, Teresa Borcz, 54, a Pole, has blonde hair, the other, British aid worker Margaret Hassan, 59, has chestnut-coloured hair.
Borcz, married to an Iraqi and a resident in Iraq for 30 years, was abducted late last month. She has appeared in two video cassettes appealing to the Polish government to help her but her fate is unknown.
Hassan, the Iraqi head of relief agency CARE International, was kidnapped on her way to work in Baghdad on October 19 and has appeared in three videos.
She also holds Iraqi citizenship after marrying an Iraq and is a long-term resident of the country.
Pray for the souls of these women and all other hostages. Also pray for the souls of the Marines that have to look on such horrific sights, not to mention the sights of their comrades killed in action.
Consider how we Americans would be reacting now, however, were headless bodies showing up all over this country in 2004.
Whenever such atrocities are reported, one is forced to conclude that Islamists would have begun to perpetrate this type of jihad here in the states, had we not acted forcefully in the wake of 9/11 and gone on to take out one of the most well-financed supporters of terrorism—via the UN’s Oil for “Food” program--Saddam Hussein. Heck, from 1979 to 2001, Islamists continued to up the ante in the scope of its attacks on the “Great Satan,” with a few dips in intensity every now and then for diversity's sake. Funny how the attacks of terrorists on Americans now seem, well, concentrated. Could that have--wait for it--been the plan all along?
Meanwhile the purposeful, systematic slaughter--if you can call it that--of thousands of men, women and children continues in Sudan. However, an unlikely coalition pushes for financial divestment of retirement funds from the country. Heartening to behold.
WASHINGTON - Black activists and religious groups are pressing public pension funds to divest a purported $91 billion in holdings of companies operating in oil-rich Sudan.[SNIP]
Activists, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are making the case that public pension funds should sell investments in companies that do business in nations charged with sponsoring terrorism.
"This issue has captured the moral center of the vast majority of the people in this country," the Rev. Walter Fauntroy said. The former congressional delegate for the District of Columbia was a leader of the successful South Africa divestment campaign in the 1980s. [SNIP]
The campaign also includes the American Jewish Committee, Christian Solidarity International, the Salvation Army and other groups.
No American companies hold investments in Sudan. Some corporations from other countries do, however. Guess which ones. Okay, I’ll tell you.
The group's leaders cited the German equipment maker Siemens, the French oil giant Total, the Swiss-based engineering firm Asea Brown Boveri, Talisman Oil of Canada and PetroChina.