|After three weeks of fighting between American marines and insurgents, a soccer stadium has become known as the Falluja Martyrs Cemetery. Source: The New York Times|
FALLUJA, Iraq - The paint on the gravestones is as red as blood. And on some of them, it has not yet dried.
"A young brother and sister are buried here," said one of the gravediggers, who gave only his first name, Hamza, as he pointed to two crudely cut blocks propped up on a dirt mound.
The place where the dead lie in this town, 30 miles west of Baghdad, was once a soccer stadium named the Falluja Sports Club. But now, after more than three weeks of fighting between American marines and insurgents, it is known as the Falluja Martyrs Cemetery.
Smeared in hand-written Arabic lettering on the stone markers were the names of Amal and Mustafa Alawi, killed in the Hay Julan district, a poor neighborhood in Falluja where much of the fighting has taken place.
"There are 250 people buried here from American strikes on houses," said Nasser, another gravedigger. "We have stacked up the bodies one on top of the other."
In a town where the streets were almost deserted on this afternoon, the makeshift cemetery was a place where the headstones were silent witnesses, yielding a small part of the Iraqi side of the battlefield story.
The gravediggers said that the cemetery was full of women and children. And there were headstones attesting to the graves beneath holding civilian victims, marked "child," for example. But there were also signs of fallen fighters - some of the headstones bore the Arabic word for "hero" painted alongside the names.
As in many conflicts, there were unanswered questions. One headstone read simply "unknown," but it named the place where the person had been killed, Hay Askari, a district in this town of about 300,000 where some of the fighting has taken place since the American siege started early this month.
And there were also the ongoing sounds of battle, belying the shaky truce.
"Hear that?" said a man as the rattle of machine-gun fire and thump of explosions echoed in the distance. He was milling around the cemetery with some other residents, as well as a few fighters, their faces shrouded with Arabic scarves and their hands clutching automatic weapons. They all came to an abrupt standstill to listen to the sudden sounds of renewed combat.
The Iraqi Ministry of Health has tried to piece together the number of Iraqis killed in the fighting, in which American forces have used warplanes, attack helicopters and tanks against the mortars and rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire of the guerrillas.
The ministry said that 271 people had been killed since the start of the offensive on April 5. Local doctors quoted by news agencies have given figures more than double that.
Judging by the littered cemetery grounds, bodies had been brought here from hospitals or ambulance medics. Rubber surgical gloves and masks had been tossed amid the graves. Boxes of incense lay spent and discarded, and dried palm fronds were stuck into the dirt of the mounded plots.
More room was being made for future casualties between the goal posts of the large soccer pitch in the center of the stadium, where the turf had been tilled with rows of trenches deep enough to stand in.
"There are still a lot of bodies out there," said Hamza. "But we can't get them because of the fighting."
Source: New York Times
Thus my brothers if we dont understand, the duties and responsibilites a muslim carries right now, it will be too late for us.
hence, its obligatory for us to make both self jihad against the internal evil as well as jihad against the enemies of Islam.
Please come out of the deception of Zionist own media, the likes of CNN and Fox News and then you will realize how outrageous the muslim world feels at terrorist activities perpetrated in the name of Islam.
It's high time you stop asking questions like:
where was the muslim world when Saddam was killing his own people? or where is the muslim world when children are killed by Al-Qaeda bombs. You can't see the Muslim outrage when such terrorist activities happen because you are blinded by the false propaganda of your Zionist own media that does not want to practice fair journalism and instead only campaign for the zionists who have hijacked the so called American democracy and has been deceiving the American people for decades now.
Muslims are not one-sided, but your Administration is, that has been blindly supporting Israel. Unless you deal justly with the Palestinian problem, I am afraid there's not going to be any respite in the Terrorist activities in the ME and elsewhere, wherever American Interests are present. By saying so, I am not supporting the Terrorists themselves, but the cause they are fighting for, though I shall admit that they adopt wrong means sometimes in their fighting for a just cause.
If the Muslim terrorists invaded the U.S. in order to murder, then American people would surely fight them. But this is not merely a hypothetical situation, for this is exactly what happened when 19 Arab Muslims invaded the United States and killed thousands on 9/11, and for no other reason than to make a petty political statement.
For Americans, Muslim complaints about Israel are beside the point. Most of us have nothing to do with that country thousands of miles away from our borders. Nonetheless, Americans cannot be expected to stand by and allow criminals to cross into our borders to slaughter innocent people. The unfortunate reality is that much of the Muslim world failed (either through lack of effort or by malicious choice) to keep its extremists at home and did nothing to prevent their brethren from slaughtering our people. So if the Muslim world will not defend America from the evil from within its own communities, then it should not expect the United States to exercise restraint in deterring such evil.
If you don't want to share in our lifestyle, that's fine. But don't demand for us to stop defending ourselves from those extremists from the Muslim world who wish to export terror onto our soil.
May Allah grant jannah(paradise) for all the people who lsot their lives.May Allah grant peace and merci to the Ummah.May Allah guide us to the straight path (siretal mustaqeem.)May Allah forgive all the believers of our sins on the day of judgement.Ameen thuma Ameen.
La Ilaha Illa Allah Wa Mohammad Rasool Allah.
Allahu Akbar. Inna lillahi wa inna illahi rajoon.
Dear Yankees including good hearted Heather,
How would you feel if the Taliban were the superpower of this world & say they invaded America to spread their version of "freedom" & get rid of your version of "freedom" kill the Zionist lobbyists that they view as enemies who your gov views as friends,destroy capitalism that they see as a economic cancer & you see as your way to prosperity,say they eliminate democracy & establish shuracracy,rap your women up in Niquabs which you see as a patriarchal way to oppress women,destroy your wineries & Las Vegas gambling casino's where you find entertainment & they find it as a way to impoverish you.
My point is since sometimes,the truth is in the eyes of the beholder, wouldn't it be common sense to mind your own business & keep your terrorists, I know I know you call your soldiers,American heroes,fine as long as you keep them within your territorial boundaries,you can even call them angels if you wish. But remember that once they invade someone else's land for any reason-be it greed, hegemony & world domination, destruction of Arabs & empowerment of Israel, aggressive spread of the American way,evangelism or your version of "freedom" on others expense-they will be called terrorists.Now, whether you like it or not,they willstillface resistance,jihad,muqawama. Call it whatever you want: terrorism,insurgency, militancy,radicalism,fundamentalism,extremism; the bottom line is you are going to put American lives in harms way for a bad cause becs the whole world knows that your wars are not fought for the cause of freedom, nor were they fought for the cause of other's prosperity but were fought under the logic of political realism of supremacy called the Zero Sum gain by which there is a loser & a winner in every conflict.If you don't know what these concept means check your history of unilateralism & read Ronald Reagan, G Bush the father & the son & Henry Kissenger's lips.
Surely we need only do what we can to prevent oppression. To that end let us do try to do our best and bring our troops home (Amen).
Peace and take care!
Please put yourself in Iraqi's position and then then say what you are saying. Are you suggesting that they should not attack foreign military? When someone has invaded your home or your country for whatever reason, would you not try to get rid of them? Are you going to accept them being in your home for an unknown period of time. You wouldn't even let your own country's police do that to you. Do you think that someone 'who has no right to interefere' in your family matters, invades your house, you should let them be there? Please do not side with 'your people' when they are commiting attrocities. This is old fashioned prejudice and it doesnt suit a civilized person.
What kind of freedom are you referring to? People of Iraq are fighting against american forces. They want freedom from america. If americans leave their soil they have their freedom. Didn't america learn anything from the way the anger of people resulted in the brutal mutilation of american contractors? Do u still think that people want them there? Would you let foreign forces to invade America and give you "freedom"?
Don't you know that WMD's case was a bundle of lies? Why did they have to lie if they were sincere?
It's easy to comment on IRaq while sitting here in the comfort of our homes but when you imagine being there as an Iraqi, you will want to join the Iraqi freedom fighters.
I pray to Allah -please help us and do not put us in tests and don't let another HOLOCAUST to happen-Aameen.
Americans for Control of New York"
Or just suppose you were told that you were free but that you could not choose the kind of government you wanted or who could participate in it and that you had no control over your natural resources or foreign policy. That this foreign power would establish and keep military bases in your country for an undetermined amount of time and actually run your country tell you what to think and how. Tell you whom you could trade with and whom you couldn't even set the prices for your goods and services. America was faced with such choices and headlines and out them grew the American Revolution, "remember give me liberty or give me death". To the British Nathan Hale was an insurgent to us a patriot and it wasn't until we kicked that foreign power out that we were able to begin to approach our destiny.
Now we are the Brits and the Iraqis the colonialist. No matter how you slice it that is the truth of it. Iraq should and does belong to the Iraqis it is their country We do not have the right no matter what to tell them what or how to think or how to govern themselves. America does not have a monopoly on common sense or love of country and culture. Nor does it have a lock on the ability to compromise and come to the common good.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
One evening, when I was yet in my nurse's arms, I wanted to touch the tea urn, which was boiling merrily... My nurse would have taken me away from the urn, but my mother said 'Let him touch it.' So I touched it -- and that was my first lesson in the meaning of liberty.
Folks you don't impose democracy on people they either want it and work at it through trial and error or they don't.
And what are they fighting for? If they want to remove disbelievers maybe they should begin with teh Saudi's.
Where were they when Saddam was in power?