Monday, March 08, 2004

U.S. "disappearing" Iraqi men and boys 

It's an old Argentine tradition. It's against international law and the Geneva Convention. And it's just what I would expect from Rumsfeld and his minions.

As U.S. Detains Iraqis, Families Plead for News


Iraq has a new generation of missing men. But instead of ending up in mass graves or at the bottom of the Tigris River, as they often did during the rule of Saddam Hussein, they are detained somewhere in American jails.

Although the insurgency has cooled, with suicide attacks against civilians now eclipsing armed clashes with American troops, American forces are still conducting daily raids, bursting into homes and sweeping up families. More than 10,000 men and boys are in custody. According to a detainee database maintained by the military, the oldest prisoner is 75, the youngest 11.

Just like guarding the Oil Ministry and letting the Baghdad Museum get looted, you can depend on Rumsfeld and Bush to keep their priorities straight. Dependable? Like a ROCK.


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