Wednesday, September 22, 2004

No one is safe

Iraq Group Says Kills Two Italian Hostages

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Islamist group in Iraq
has said it killed two female Italian hostages in a statement posted on an Internet site not often used by Iraqi militants. The group, calling itself the Jihad Organization, said it had killed the women after Italy did not heed its call to withdraw its forces from Iraq.

While I mourn the loss of every other hostage killed over there, including the Americans - this is particularly heinous. These women were not military. They were not working for contractors. They were humanitarian workers for a group called "Bridge to Baghdad" and their only purpose for being in Iraq was to boost school attendance in Basra and Baghdad -- including the capital's Sadr City slums.

I would not be at all surprised if we see a wholesale exodus of humanitarian organizations in light of this, similar to what we've been seeing in Afghanistan. According to Women's ENews, aid workers were already spooked by the kidnappings - the killings just might send them packing. And I can't say I blame them.

So what' s Shrub & Co. doing to thwart these particular brand of "evildoers"???? Nada, zippo, zilch. I don't see him bringing in any special forces to try to rescue any of the civillian hostages being decapitated every week. We've supposedly got the best, most bad-ass military in the world and you're telling me we're totally powerless to stop these murders? How many heads have to roll, George? How many before you'll admit you don't have a fucking clue how to combat this?

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