15 March 2006

How much is an Iraqi life worth?

Eleven members of an Iraqi family were killed in a US raid on Wednesday, police and witnesses said. The US military said two women and a child died during the bid to seize an al Qaeda militant from a house. Major Ali Ahmed of the Ishaqi police said US forces had landed on the roof of the house in the early hours and shot the 11 occupants, including the five children.

How can stories (which seem to be reported on an almost daily basis) like this not lead the news? Can you imagine the outcry if the American police killed just one innocent person in the process of trying to arrest a fugitive? Is an Iraqi life worth less than an American? Clearly to the military it is, but why aren't the media up in arms over these stories? How the US can justify taking even one innocent child's life to arrest (or kill) an al Qaeda militant is beyond me.

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