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April 30, 2008

American Bombing Of Sadr City: Like Qana, But Without The Attention?

Sadr City Carnage

Now that the U.S. — desperate to protect the Green Zone, and avoid a Saigon-style evacuation — is actively bombing Sadr City, what is the difference between what the Americans are doing, and what the Israeli’s did in Qana during the ‘06 Lebanon war?

Above is yesterday’s photo of two-year-old Ali Hussein, pulled from the bombed rubble of his home, who died shortly after in the hospital.  It’s the shot which could have, would have and otherwise should have woken up all the sheep and cast a fiery and pin-pointed attention on the urban carnage inflicted on an overcrowded, poverty-stricken, urban Baghdad slum by U.S. fighter bombers.

So I ask, what is the difference — in morality, shock effect and potential political fallout — between the shot from Sadr City above, and the near-identical scene below that rocked the world, shamed the Israelis, and burned Qana into the world’s consciousness … besides the lack of media access and attention?

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About a photo, about Iraq (Kansas City Star)

Several believed dead in US air raids in Baghdad (AFP)



(image 1: Karim Kadim/AP.  April 29, 2008. Sadr City, Baghdad.  via Kansas City Star.  image 2: ©Tim Fadek.  July 30, 2006.  Qana, Lebanon.  Used by permission.  Please seek permission before republication.)

  • http://www.woodka.com donna

    No difference. Killing kids is killing kids.
    Just creating the next generation of hatred.
    Iraq will be Algiers, not Vietnam.

  • tina

    Well, okay then.
    My day is ruined.
    Nothing has changed for the Palestinians, and nothing will change for the Iraqis. Nothing will change until the oil runs dry, rendering the U.S. military machine powerless.
    By then, we won’t have any water, either, and the desert Arabs will be the first people to go in that upheaval.
    Right now the best single thing that could happen to the human race is a plague that would kill 4 billion people. The population is way past carrying capacity.
    Sorry for the morbid thoughts, but like I said, now my day is ruined :(
    I’m just afraid this poor kid is the tip of the iceberg….

  • Jacques

    How coudl anyone not see that photo, especially people with todders, and not be outraged? Or at least very sad. Poor little tweaker, the shot brings tears to my eyes, and makes me want to go home and hold my kid. Stupid fsckers.

  • WilliamOz

    Somewhere, somewhere there is a solution but you need the right pair of eyes to find it.
    Can this have some influence on the candidate for the election? Hillary is nearly as beligerant and retaliatory as Bush.
    Obama keep it together mate, you’re needed.

  • lytom

    Since you posed this question
    “I ask, what is the difference — in morality, shock effect and potential political fallout — between the shot from Sadr City above, and the near-identical scene below that rocked the world, shamed the Israelis, and burned Qana into the world’s consciousness … besides the lack of media access and attention?”
    World’s consciousness? That seems to be overstated. There are slight differences.
    World has accepted the invasion and the bs reasons for US to attack Iraq and further war and occupation of that country, and after the years of lies still supports it. The Lebanon was not in that kind of situation, so World’s reaction was stronger and helped to stop aggression.
    Iraqi’s children are destined to be “punished” by fire from the “heavens”, and from the ground by tanks of the mighty army of US, for which there is no stopping it…at least the “World” is in a weak position and does not even bother to be indignant!

  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com Stan B.

    Don’t we have a guy running for president who had no problem doing the same?

  • Chin Perera

    Somewhere there are a couple of pilots hi-fiving each other on another mission accomplished.
    Little do they know that one day they will rot in hell.

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