“From here, from this podium, you talk about a clean war in Fallujah.
But the Iraqis have an image through television from what is happening in Fallujah (including) killing children.
Is there a way that you could convince Iraqis by your point of view that you have (only) utilized force against terrorists?
Change the channel to a legitimate, authoritative, honest news station. Change the channel.” “General Kimmitt, you talk about changing channels, but what is your reply to people like (politician) Adnan Pachachi, who have accused the coalition forces of using collective punishment on the city of Fallujah? The “non-American wounded were, in essence left to die”, as a result.
“The stations that are showing Americans intentionally killing women and children are not legitimate news sources. Have you got a reply a little bit more nuanced and subtle than just to tell Mr. ” “In this case, we can disagree without being disagreeable, but it is not the practice of the coalition forces, any of the coalition nations, to exercise collective punishment or collective action on a city. A comment from one as either deluded or unfamiliar with the truth as General Kimmitt, a Lt-Col Pete Newell, stated that US Forces wanted: “We must not be afraid to make an example of Fallujah.
We need to demonstrate that the United States military cannot be deterred or defeated. Even if Fallujah has to go the way of Carthage, reduced to shards, the price will be worth it.” (2) Now it is known definitively what a pack of lies were Kimmitt’s assurances, with the General having confirmed his knowledge of violations of international law – even before the second decimation of Fallujah later in the year, perhaps someone should surely visit him and Colonel Peters with a view to including them in an upcoming historic class action law suit which has been filed in the US.
If that means widespread destruction, we must accept the price . (3) Less than a month after Kimmitt’s channel changing advice, General Taguba released his Report on what “democracy was all about” at the hands of the US military at Abu Ghraib prison, a short distance from Fallujah. Just a few of his findings include: “…that the intentional abuse of detainees by military police personnel included the following acts: *Punching, slapping, and kicking detainees; jumping on their naked feet.
*Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees *Forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing *Forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time *Forcing naked male detainees to wear women’s underwear *Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped *Arranging naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them *Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture *Writing “I am a Rapest” (sic) on the leg of a detainee alleged to have forcibly raped a 15-year old fellow detainee, and then photographing him naked *Placing a dog chain or strap around a naked detainee’s neck and having a female Soldier pose for a picture *A male MP guard having sex with a female detainee *Taking photographs of dead Iraqi detainees.
*Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees *Threatening detainees with a charged 9mm pistol *Pouring cold water on naked detainees *Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair *Threatening male detainees with rape *Allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell * Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick._h.*Using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.(4) Did the General not know of what was happening at the hands of US troops throughout the region?(President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, 24th January 2012.) As Easter was celebrated in the US and UK with, for believers, the message of hope, Fallujah, the region and much of the country is again under siege, not this time by US mass murderers, but by the US proxy government’s militias armed with US delivered weapons.In 2003, a month into the invasion, Easter Day fell on the same day as this year, 20th April, as Iraqis of all denominations and none, died were incarcerated, tortured, found with their heads drilled, or no heads, thrown on garbage piles.Easter Day the following year, 2004 fell on Sunday 11th April and was marked by Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt confirming again his total disregard for human life.