"Mosul area Deputy Gov. Khissrou Gouran said gunmen tried to storm a food distribution center in the city but were forced back by National Guardsmen and security guards. The gunmen were trying to destroy election registration cards held at the center, Gouran said."
-- MSNBC.COM at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6403689/ on Nov. 11, 2004
after months in a nation under seige, average people are going to take desperate measures. remember that the fallujah 'offensive' began a few days ago, but the seige of iraq has been ongoing long enough for 80 percent of the population of a large city to flee the us military when it telegraphs for weeks that it is going to attack that city and destroy all the 'terrorists'. (the 80% departure figure is based on mainstream media reports...)
if it is true that 80% of the city has fled for other places for an indefinite period of time, if not forever, how are the 20% of the people who are left in the city supposed to feed themselves and survive? it has been 1.5 years since the us war on iraq began, but there were 2 wars and 12 years of intense economic/social sanctions before that.
the very same iraqi families that do not have the means or the will to flee fallujah in the face of a us military campaign that has been advertised for over a month are the ones who just a year and a half ago relied upon UN food boxes containing flour, sugar, salt and a couple of other staple items for survival.
believe me, the people that remain in fallujah are not all 'insurgents'. they are female and male, very poor, very old, newborn and everything in between. they are afraid to leave their homes for fear that they will be killed and named as insurgents or terrorists by their american killers.
heavy metal music is not used only as a terror/psy-op device by the us military; it is used as entertainment and stimulation for the troops, just like the speed.
i believe that the original post from msnbc is a least as likely a situation of angry people trying to get food to feed the people in the city of mosul as it is an insurgent strike against voting. iraqis have had decades of casting ballots that somehow were all counted for saddam hussein (an american puppet). the message has been clear: vote for saddam (american puppet) or die. iraqis have had years to learn the meaning of a meaningless choice.
when reading this type of news report, one needs to consider the source of the information as well as the circumstances around its publication. for example, if the reporter is embedded with the us military, is it likely he is going to be speaking to someone that is not favored by the us military? one might ask, who is 'mosul area deputy governor Khissrou Gouran' anyway? is he a mosul native and trusted representative of his people or has he been in the united states or on the us payroll for years? has he by any chance been working as a director of an american corporation for the last couple of decades? does he have the support of the people of mosul and iraq, or does he have a dozen armed guards and an entourage of SUVs supplied by the american taxpayer?