Friday, July 16, 2004

Meet The New Boss...

...same as the old boss.
The Australian newspaper The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald are reporting that two sources have confirmed witnessing Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi summarily execute with a pistol six or seven suspected insurgents at a Baghdad prison.  They claim the executions were witnessed by as many as thirty people, including five or six plain-clothed American security personnel.
One of the witnesses claimed that before killing the prisoners - and they name three of the people alleged to have been executed - Dr Allawi had told them he wanted to send a clear message to the police on how to deal with insurgents. "The prisoners were against the wall and we were standing in the courtyard when the Interior Minister said that he would like to kill them all on the spot. Allawi said that they deserved worse than death - but then he pulled the pistol from his belt and started shooting them," one of the witnesses said.

Mischievous disinformation propogated by anti-U.S. and anti-Allawi factions?  Not likely.  The Age claims that the two sources were contacted independently by The Age and that neither presented himself to The Age or were presented to The Age.  They were interviewed separately by The Age, and neither was informed that the other had been contacted.  Both purported to be supportive of Allawi's action, believing that harsh measures are necessary to quell the insurgency.
According to both Australian newspapers U.S. officials in Baghdad have declined to issue outright denials of the reports.
If these reports are true, the administration must get out in front on this or risk the last nail in the coffin of U.S. credibility in the world community.  We were on notice from various Iraqi sources that Allawi was a thug, from his days as a Baathist ally of Saddam through his days as an anti-Saddam CIA stooge.  I am under no illusions that the Deserter or his neocon war criminals give a damn about Iraqi freedom or democracy.  I fully understand that they desire nothing more than their own Saddam-lite puppet.  But the potential consequences of a failed cover-up of this scandal are too great.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goldstein Dude !! No Postings from you since 16 July !! Looking forward to a resumption of postings from you !! Hope All Is Well with you !!

12:08 PM  

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