ATROCITY EXHIBITION

Did you know you were going to shoot
off the top of a four year old girl's head
And look across her car-seat down into her skull
And see into her throat and did you know
that her dad would say to you,
"Please sir, can I take her body home?"

- Xiu Xiu, Support Our Troops Oh!

The United States has been spilling Iraqi blood for quite some time now, and for a change we are getting some information on it.

Several posts on Haditha can be found below.

New reports, on a massacre (and of course, a cover up, which apparently continues, in altered form, after we know the people died from bullet wounds) in Ishaqi:
*BBC article (link to videos is on the side-box thingy)
*Commentary from: Juan Cole, Back to Iraq

A larger than usual sampling of other atrocities can be found, also:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces killed two Iraqi women — one of them about to give birth — when the troops shot at a car that failed to stop at an observation post in a city north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials and relatives said Wednesday. Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, 35, was being raced to the maternity hospital in Samarra by her brother when the shooting occurred Tuesday.

And

US forces killed five civilians and wounded two others in the city today. A source at Al-Ramadi State Hospital said that among the dead were a child and a woman. An Iraqi officer in Al-Ramadi said that the US forces were beefing up their presence on the periphery of Al-Ramadi, noting that the city will soon come under siege 'ahead of an all-out attack such as the one that targeted Al-Fallujah' in 2004.


And


The Iraqi man reportedly was dragged from his home west of Baghdad and shot. The Los Angeles Times and NBC News said troops may have planted an AK-47 and a shovel near the body to make it appear as if the man was an insurgent burying a roadside bomb. Neither suggested a possible motive.

This is not new. And this will not end when the press finds a new flavor of the week. Iraq is an atrocity exhibition, and perhaps the strongest - and least argued - reason for American troops to leave Iraq is the indiscriminate carnage they unleash upon innocent civilians at a scale no one can imagine.