Thursday, August 25, 2005

Iraqi doctors cry 'foul'

08/23/05 "Iraq Dispatches" -- -- Doctors for Iraqi is calling for an independent investigation into the serious breaches of the Geneva Convention, the alleged killing of civilians and obstructing medical personal from carrying out there work. Continue.

Haditha, Rawa and Parwana have been under attack for the past three weeks with US/ Iraqi military activities intensifying over the past few days. The main hospitals in the area are reporting shortages of medicine oxygen, sugerical kits, anti-biotics and other basic medicines.

Civilians have fled to neighbouring towns and villages such as Ana and are in need of basic foods, water and shelter. Shop keepers are unable to open their premises because of the US/ Iraqi operation, and trucks with urgent food supplies are facing serious difficulties entering the seiged areas.

Eyewitnesses and medical personal have told Doctors For Iraq that snipers are operating inside some of the seiged cities. Haditha hospital estimates that at least eleven civilians were killed during the attack and 15 injured. The US military prevented ambulances from entering the areas and medics from working freely. The area remains under siege.

Local people say that US marines invaded the town of Rawa and carried out air strikes bombing many buildings and homes. It unclear how many civilians have been killed or injured in the areas where the military is carrying out operations A school building in Parwana was bombed with people inside the school. It is unclear how many people were inside the school and who they were.

Doctors for Iraq has organised for medical aid to reach some of the hospitals and a medical team has been sent to the affected areas.

The military operations in the West of Iraq have left the healthcare system paralysed. Hospitals in the area are unable to provide sufficient medical services for the population. The new military attacks are further compounding the suffering of people in the area.

Doctors for Iraq is calling for the immediate end of US/ Iraqi military attacks in the area.

Doctors for Iraqi is calling for an independent investigation into the serious breaches of the Geneva Convention, the alleged killing of civilians and obstructing medical personal from carrying out there work.

We need urgent medical supplies to be delivered to the hospitals in the area.

For more information or to find out how you can send medical aid to the areas contact:

Dr. Salam Ismael - Salam.obaidi@doctorsforiraq.org Or
Aisha Ismael Press.officer@doctorsforiraq.org

6 Comments:

Blogger G_in_AL said...

A school building in Parwana was bombed with people inside the school. It is unclear how many people were inside the school and who they were.

Were they students or insurgents? See, this is the stuff that lets the US look bad without shining any light on the real BAD guys.

The doctors are complaining about the town being under seige, supplies not being able to come in, etc...

Do they mention that the supplies are not allowed in because they usually go to the insurgents? Do them mention that none of this would happen if the town wasnt a safe harbor for the insurgents?

Nope, they just yell out how evil the US is every time they try to do something effective against the insrgents. With doctors crying out, this one must be pretty hard for the insurgents, otherwise it would be pretty quiet.

August 25, 2005 12:50 pm  
Anonymous somethingsphishy said...

Bad guy's in your neighborhood or not. I'm sure images like these are what the doctors are really seeing.

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/pol/93199721.html

So if there are insurgents in a town, does that make it ok to bomb the fuck out of everyone who lives there? Children included? What kind of logic is that?

August 25, 2005 5:59 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

my reply would mirror phishy's

were do you draw the Line G , is stopping the insurgents always in every single case the correct form of action ?

the Doctors did not have problems with insurgents before we arrived

you must accept that in at least that sense , it is us that have created the insurgent problem in Iraq by over throwing the regime

this are doctors , not PR people with some desire to highlight american failings , you should not see every single critism of the US actions as being driven by some hidden political motive

the motive of these people is to heal the sick , that is all

if we are the ,kind caring and civilised people we claim to be , then one of the roles the army should have , when it is they that have destabilised the country , is to go and damn well deliver these supplies themselves ,

as a post i made further down implies , someone HAS to be accountable

as colin powell said "you break it , you own it "

we are acountable , if they can't get medicine in then it is OUR problem and WE should accept responsibility

August 25, 2005 6:10 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

I have seen those photo's before , but yes , but it takes images like that to make people think

to many people who support this war dont actually understand what the word "war" means

the genuinly believe this 'nice clean smart weapons' crap and how we try to minimise what they effectfly call 'colatoral damage'

but they dont actually understand that the word 'colatoral' translates straight and simply into the children seen in those images

August 25, 2005 6:35 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

I just tired of everyone who "philisophically" oposes war, and seems to forget that it takes two to tango. We bomb them, yes. Innocent people die.. yes. But first up, why dont those innocent people kick out the people we are trying to bomb? Second off, where is the horror and disgust with the fact that these guys hold up in schools and hospitals?

War is nesissary, and killing is part of war. More muslims have been killed by other radical Muslims than all the US bombs and bullets combined. Yet 16 innocents get killed in a bombing raid on a town with 150 insurgents, and suddenly the US is the bad guy, but we forget why the bombs were dropped to begin with.

You really want to end the Iraq war, put your efforts on those guys supporting a radical political agenda (Tehran and Damascus) to stop anything resembeling western democracy in their region.

Egypt gets ripped with a car bomb that kills 40 Muslims, nothing. Lebenon has reform movement leaders killed by Muslims and 20 innocents get wounded, nothing. Palestinian suicide bombs a coffee shop and kills/wounds 50, nothing.

US bombs a town full of insurgent strong holds, kill 2 innocent people and wounds 4... the world has ended and the US is the devil.

do you see a small problem in this logic. I dont see empathy and compassion from you guys, I see narrow political agendas using anything to chip away at the opposition.

August 26, 2005 1:38 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

your still avoiding the point G

your talking about a battle between insurgents and US forces

the iraqi people did not have US forces before

the iraq forces did not have insurgents before


we are respinsible for both

it seems to be you are saying , we have poured blood and bits of meat all over the floor , but if the nasty wolfs come along it is not our fault

we arfe responsible for the insurgancy . full stop

therefore , we are responsible for getting the doctors these supplies ,safely . full stop

you can't go round smashing windows and then telling people , watch out , you could get hurt ! and we are just trying to protect you from this broken glass

, again .. WE broke it G , it seems now you want to view the insurgency as some seperate thing the US are be oh so kind to deal with , instead of the truth which is , we created this problem . now we want you to think we are the good guys fixing it

it is a strange double logic you seem to have

August 26, 2005 7:23 pm  

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