"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, November 14, 2005
The Iraqi army and multinational forces violated international law during military operations in western Iraq last month by arresting doctors and occupying medical facilities, a U.N. report said Monday.
The five-page report, from the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq, said military operations by the two forces had "a negative impact on human rights" and cited figures that more than 10,000 families have been displaced in two restive provinces — Anbar and Nineveh — alone.
Covering the period of Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, it said the United Nations has repeatedly sought to draw attention to the issue of detained doctors and occupied medical facilities during October military operations in Anbar.
"Such actions are contrary to international law governing armed conflict and in any event they constitute a denial of the protection of international human rights law," the report said.
Y'know, if a nation was actively trying to enrage people who were not already enraged (speaking hypothetically, of course), it might employ tactics very much like those we have seen employed in Iraq.
In other news, I certainly hope that allegations of Iraqi prisoners literally being thrown to the lions are baseless. In rational times, such claims would appear so ridiculous on their face as to be utterly incredible. Under our current circumstances, however, one never knows.