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US Abandons Geneva Conventions in Fallujah: Destroys Hospital; Prohibits Ambulances

In Fallujah, U.S. declares war on hospitals. The U.S. has captured the main hospital, destroyed another and prohibited the use of ambulances. U.S. spokesperson Prime Minister Allawi has declared a strict curfew, and the U.S. military has declared that during curfew hours any and all civilian vehicles are free-fire targets with no prior determination whether they are hostile required.
U.S. soldiers have targeted medical personnel and ambulances. U.S. forces block ambulances from coming to the hospital and have prevented doctors from the captured hospital from moving to other clinics to treat patients. The civilian residents of Fallujah are without healthcare except for a few small clinics and risk their lives to get to them.

Meanwhile, here in the U.S. the New York Times lead editorial calls for an increase of 40,000 in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq. Rather than stand by moral and ethical principles and oppose this illegal and brutal occupation, the pro-war NY Times wants to escalate the barbaric treatment of the civilians of Iraq.

The NY Times promoted the lies regarding 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' that helped launch the war, and now they support an escalation of this war which is based on lies, which routinely violates the Geneva Conventions, and which has made a mockery of U.S. rhetoric regarding democracy and freedom.

Three Cheers for Fallujah's Freedom Fighters!!! 09.Nov.2004 19:46

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You are now the world's line of defense against Bush's war machine. Good luck to you. I support your right to self-determination. Fallujah, I salute you, you have stood up to the giant, and though you may loose this battle you may deal the forces of corporate and american religous fanatical empire needed setbacks. A little city in the middle of the desert has couragously stood up to industrial and cultural domination. Bombing civilian hospitals? I have never been more ashamed of my country. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.

War Crimes 09.Nov.2004 19:56

Geneva

Too bad Bush can't read. Except children's books...

"Civilian hospitals organized to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict." -- Geneva Conventions IV Article 18

More Red States Values 09.Nov.2004 20:16

jlii

To the world this is what America looks like. Do not buy American goods, do not let American vistors go unchallanged in your country. Run them out. Remember the Vietcong won. Stay strong unite against US forces they are everyone's enemy.

Final victory willcome to Iraq, not the US, the US is self-destroying. Rise up against these killers, rise up before the invade your land. Let the world unite against the US remember the ten million first nations people on whose bodies this country was founded.

Don't serve americans, cancel their reservations, loose their luggage. Do something, you still have media that prints the truth. The world does not need america - america withers without the world.

He Needs to Be Removed from Office 09.Nov.2004 21:11

Ravenwolf

Yesterday a Judge decided that Bush cannot violate the Geneva Convention in regards to war criminals. They need to bind him NOW and remove him from office. He must be placed under house arrest. I have no idea who should be the interim president. Cheney must be bound also. The people and the courts must take action. This act of attacking hospitals is a true abomination and "blasphemy." If Bush wants to spout off about Jesus, then he better learn that Jesus said to visit, care for, and heal the sick.
Bush is NOT a Christian.
He is a FALSE DISCIPLE masquerading as a child of God.
His fruits are EVIL.
Hopefully his deluded followers (meaning the deceived church members who support him) will begin to wake up and they too may ask that he be removed from office.

amen 09.Nov.2004 22:10

alter boy

you are preaching to the choir

these are not the people you must teach

to me, the greatest 09.Nov.2004 22:29

hero's

in the world right now are the noble CITIZENS OF FALLUJAH! Let us remember them in our prayers!

A CURSE TO BE READ OUT LOUD 11.Nov.2004 20:24

those who mourn

THE CURSE IS AS FOLLOWS. READ IT CLEARLY. It is not intended for those who are misinformed by lies and propaganda. Nor is it for those who walk in genuine ignorance. RATHER IT IS INTENDED FOR THE WICKED MEN WHO KNOW FULL WELL WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND WHO ARE CONSCIOUSLY
RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS CRIME....
FROM THE GLOBAL BANKING MACHINE TO U.S. POLITICIANS...DOWN TO THE U.S. MILITARY COMMANDERS AND SOLDIERS...... YOU WILL CRY OUT IN SORROW ON THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT WHEN YOU WILL SEE BEYOND YOUR GREED! YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BEAR THE BURDON OF YOUR SINS AGAINST THESE LITTLE ONES. EVEN NOW..YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND YOU DO NOT STOP. YOU WILL LIVE THE REST OF YOUR LIVES SEEKING TO DESTROY THE MEMORY OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE... BUT YOU WILL NEVER FIND REST IN THIS LIFE. YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SILENCE THE SCREAMING IN YOUR HEARTS.. and once you die..you will live in YOUR hell until you have re-lived theTERROR , the FEAR , and ALL of the SUFFERING which you have inflicted....through the eyes, minds, and hearts of every one of your victoms, including the suffering loss of the living.. who's loved ones have been maimed, or killed, and suffer every ramification of this MURDEROUS BEAST. MAY YOU LIVE THE PAIN OF EVERY BABY,CHILD, MAMA, PAPA, AND FAMILY WHO HUDDLE TOGETHER IN THEIR HOMES, FILLED WITH FEAR, SURROUNDED BY YOUR WICKED RAGE UNTIL DEATH FREES THEM . MAY YOU KNOW THIS FEAR AND AGONY.
THEN YOU WILL COWER ON YOUR KNEES AND BEG FOR MERCY...BUT YOU WILL FIND NONE...YOU WILL FIND NONE BECAUSE YOU SHOWED NONE. YOU WILL BE SERVED WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN... AND WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN IS TOO MUCH FOR YOU TO BEAR.. MAY YOU SUFFER THE MIRROR OF TRUTH UNTIL EVERY PENNY HAS BEEN PAYED. -AMEN

sorrow is not deep enough 15.Nov.2004 09:05

nancy nancy_barros@hotmail.com

Bush getting re-elected was/is a sad and sorrowful day for humanity. Someone said.....humanity is how you treat women and children....and I will add those infirmed (in hospital). My hope is for his girls to get drafted and then lets see how the rules change? So sad. So much sorrow.......for pride? for what? nancy Instructor of the Geneva Conventions for the Red Cross