Sunday, May 07, 2006

Part of me died when I saw this cruel killing

By HALA JABER





EVEN by the stupefying standards of Iraq’s unspeakable violence, the murder of Atwar Bahjat, one of the country’s top television journalists, was an act of exceptional cruelty.

Nobody but her killers knew just how much she had suffered until a film showing her death on February 22 at the hands of two musclebound men in military uniforms emerged last week. Her family’s worst fears of what might have happened have been far exceeded by the reality.

Bahjat was abducted after making three live broadcasts from the edge of her native city of Samarra on the day its golden-domed Shi’ite mosque was blown up, allegedly by Sunni terrorists.

Roadblocks prevented her from entering the city and her anxiety was obvious to everyone who saw her final report. Night was falling and tensions were high.

Two men drove up in a pick-up truck, asking for her. She appealed to a small crowd that had gathered around her crew but nobody was willing to help her. It was reported at the time that she had been shot dead with her cameraman and sound man.

We now know that it was not that swift for Bahjat. First she was stripped to the waist, a humiliation for any woman but particularly so for a pious Muslim who concealed her hair, arms and legs from men other than her father and brother.

Then her arms were bound behind her back. A golden locket in the shape of Iraq that became her glittering trademark in front of the television cameras must have been removed at some point — it is nowhere to be seen in the grainy film, which was made by someone who pointed a mobile phone at her as she lay on a patch of earth in mortal terror.

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9 Comments:

Blogger jonz said...

Is this your attempt to be balanced I wonder?

And you have made absolutley no comment on the article. What are your thoughts on the matter?

Is this more evidence that George Bush is a terrorist of the highest oder, perhaps?

Or that Islamism can be evil within itself, without the pretext of infidel oppression?

May 08, 2006 12:30 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

It seems you have not read the full article Jonz , its from the London Times .. do you aprove, it seems that you do for you have posted the article yourself.

Maybe you didnt notice that The author (a muslim) notes the break down in law and order that led to the tragedy that she witnessed.

What do you think could create the colapse of society in Iraq , sacking the entire police force and army maybe ?

Of course you on your site blame the Muslims. have you forgot the words of colin powell ' you break it , you own it '

we broke it , now you want to blame them for the consequences.

take away law and order from the streets of london (or new orleans ) and see how long it takes before the shit hits the fan...

Of course in your mind we are just innocent liberators I am sure

:-)

Again you only bring assumption to the debate. I can not answer a constant flow of non sequiturs , try basing your opinions on what you see not what you assume must be true.

May 08, 2006 1:50 am  
Blogger Hype said...

'we broke it , now you want to blame them for the consequences.'

Blame the victim is very popular with the neo-cons.

-Hype

May 08, 2006 5:14 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

very true Hype its always someone else thats responsible

Iran
Insurgents
Al-qaeda
The UN
cindy sheehan
The press
The left
Muslims
Michael Moore
the French
The IAEA
The Russians
President Chavez

Infact they can blame anyone (north south east and west of themselves) but never do they stand up and say , yup we fucked up its our own fault...

May 08, 2006 6:15 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

you forgot #1....


Bill Clinton

-Hype

May 08, 2006 7:40 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

:-) of course sorry , there is always bill to blame

May 08, 2006 9:01 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

i just blame craig. he sits next to me and i tell him it is his fault because he is the closest to me.

-Hype

May 08, 2006 9:47 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

for me It's the wife :-)

Well to be honest she blames me for everything but still , it keeps her busy :-)

May 08, 2006 9:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has this world gone fucking absolutely mad or what? My countries right wing government party to the West's terrorism of Iraq. I hope John Howard Prime Minister of Australia will one day face war crimes charges in the ICC.

May 14, 2006 2:41 pm  

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