Thursday, March 27, 2003

Saddam's thugs continue their Nazi impersonation
Reminiscent of the death throes of the Nazis in WW II:

GI's Killed with Hands in the Air:
Officials said yesterday that some of the dead Americans had tried to surrender with their hands in the air at one point.

Al Jazeera TV later aired film of the dead soldiers sprawled in a pool of blood.

At least four had been shot in the head - three in the forehead, apparently between the eyes, execution-style.
Saddam executes Our Boys:
SICKENING TV film showing two executed British soldiers lying in a dusty Iraqi street triggered outrage and tears last night.

The Arab station Al Jazeera broadcast pictures taken by Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen militiamen minutes after they killed the pair, both Desert Rats.
Civilians Leave Basra:
US-led forces destroyed much of a column of Iraqi tanks and armoured personnel carriers trying to leave Basra on Wednesday night.
The Iraqi convoy, which was estimated at between 70 and 120 vehicles, came under fierce attack by US and British warplanes.
One television reporter with British marines south of Basra said there had been initial confusion over whether the Wednesday night convoy was a counter-offensive or a retreat.
He said that the pullout of the column seemed "suicidal".

The Commander of British forces in the Gulf, Air Marshal Brian Burridge, said Iraqi soldiers in Basra are being forced by Saddam's security forces to get into their tanks and attack British forces surrounding the city.

The troops involved, he said, appeared to have been coerced by Ba'ath party militias in the city to fight.

He said that there was evidence of "exemplar executions" being carried out. "They go to their houses and hold a gun to the heads of their families.

"These militias - probably the Ba'ath party militias - go through a neighbourhood, round up the existing soldiery, put them in their tanks and say 'go that way'.
Iraqi Soldiers Say It Was Fight or Die:
But the Iraqi private with a bullet wound in the back of his head suggested something unusually grim. Up and down the 200-mile stretch of desert where the American and British forces have advanced, one Iraqi prisoner after another has told captors a similar tale: that many Iraqi soldiers were fighting at gunpoint, threatened with death by tough loyalists of President Saddam Hussein.
Top U.S. official: Iraq has executed some POWs:
The Marine general said that what has surprised him most about the first week of fighting is the extent of war crimes carried out by the Iraqi regime. In addition to the execution of POWs, he said, Iraqis have used civilians as human shields, stored weapons in schools, set up command posts in hospitals and pretended to surrender only to open fire.

In one case, an Iraqi woman was hanged after she waved to coalition forces, Pace said.

"I've never seen anything like this," he said. "To do it so blatantly so early, not only is it a surprise, but to me it's disgusting."
I certainly hope we don't waste time with any UN sanctioned "war crimes" tribunal.