Sunday, May 13, 2007

Just like Indiana.

Disappeared without a trace: more than 10,000 Iraqis
By Shashank Bengali
McClatchy Newspapers

Over the past four years, as sectarian kidnappings and killings have gripped Iraq and U.S. forces have arrested untold numbers in an effort to pacify the country, tens of thousands of Iraqis have vanished, often in circumstances as baffling as that of Kereem's husband, a Shiite Muslim father of three.

There's no accurate count of the missing since the war began. Iraqi human rights groups put the figure at 15,000 or more, while government officials say 40 to 60 people disappeared each day throughout the country for much of last year, a rate equal to at least 14,600 in one year.

What happened to them is a frustrating mystery that compounds Iraq's overwhelming sense of chaos and anarchy. Are they dead? Were they kidnapped or killed in some mass bombing? Is the Iraqi government or some militia group holding them? Were they taken prisoner by the United States, which is holding 19,000 Iraqis at its two main detention centers, at Camp Cropper and Camp Bucca?

Maybe if people were getting picked up in the streets of Indiana, maybe if hundreds of thousands of were fleeing to Ohio, maybe if the children of Indiana were being killed and injured day after day after day.

Just maybe the people of this country would wise the hell up and see this disastrous charade for what it is. A complete and utter waste of blood, treasure, goodwill and hope for our future. How long will it take to try and make this right?

Would you forget if 10K people "disappeared" from your state? And what would it take to make you forgive?


At 12:08 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

Good night.

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am, frankly, not convinced that if 10,000 went missing from a US state, the response would be as great as you think. Katrina comes to mind.


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