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Here's a little pick-me-up from the Washington Post:
Iraqis Die In Errant Bombing By U.S.
Toll Is Disputed; Rebels Kill Sunni
By Karl Vick
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, January 9, 2005; Page A01
BAGHDAD, Jan. 8 -- A U.S. warplane mistakenly dropped a 500-pound bomb Saturday on a house in a village near the northern city of Mosul, killing several Iraqis, according to witnesses and the U.S. military.
South of Baghdad, meanwhile, insurgents abducted and killed a Sunni Muslim official as he returned from a trip to try to persuade a Shiite Muslim leader to support a delay in Iraq's scheduled Jan. 30 elections.
The airstrike, by an F-16 fighter jet early Saturday on the village of Aaytha, 30 miles south of Mosul, was part of "a cordon and search operation to capture an anti-Iraqi force cell leader," the military said in a statement. The satellite-guided bomb struck a house that "was not the intended target. . . . The intended target was another location nearby."
The statement said five people were killed and that the military "deeply regretted the loss of possibly innocent lives." The owner of the house told news services that the bomb killed 14 people, including seven children.
I won't force you to read more, however, if you're interested, you can find the rest of the article here.
My favorite part of this article is in the last paragraph above: 'The statement said five people were killed and that the military "deeply regretted the loss of possibly innocent lives."'
Okay, the people who died? Not the people we were trying to kill and yet, even in death they are guilty until proven innocent.
Over 100,000 Iraqis have died since this war began, making our losses pale in comparisson. And yet, we're running out of troops. Helen in my office has a son who's with one of the local police departments. He and his fellow officers have started shipping their old bullet proof vests to soldiers they know over there.
Did you hear that? USED bullet proof vests. What the hell have we come to when the citizens of a country are taking better care of our soldiers than our government?
If I think about this too much I get upset so I'll move on.
It looks like Brad and Jen are caput and I must say, "Boo!" You crazy kids don't have to pack it in just yet, do you? Come on! Think of the fans! We need you! Who are we going to look up to when you're gone? It's like Tom and Nicole all over again.