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Fallujah Is The Model

excerpts from a report by Dahr Jamail. June 23, 2005

Email today from Baquba: Near the city of Buhrez, 5 kilometers south of Baquba, two Humvees of American soldiers were destroyed recently. American and Iraqi soldiers came to the city afterwards and cut all the phones, cut the water, cut off medicine from arriving in the city.

The embargo has been in place for a week now, and he continued: The Americans still won’t let anyone or any medicines and supplies into Buhrez, nor will they allow any people in or out. Even the Al-Sadr followers who organized some help for the people are not being allowed into the city. Journalists cannot enter to publish the news, and the situation is so bad. The Americans keep asking the people to bring them the persons who destroyed the two Humvees on the other side of the city, but of course the people don’t know who carried out the attack.

From Haditha and Al-Qa’im, an Iraqi doctor sent me this yesterday: We witnessed what the bastards did in Haditha and Al-Qa’im. It was a really big crime. We have witnessed and filmed in those places and recently also in Fallujah. We need big help in the western area of the country. Our doctors need urgent help there. Please, this is an URGENT humanitarian request. We have proof American troops destroyed one of our hospitals, burned all the medication in the west of Iraq and killed a patient in the ward ... prevented us from helping the people in al-Qa’im. We are in a big humanitarian medical disaster.

The same tactics used by the US in Fallujah -- posting snipers to shoot anyone who moves, targeting ambulances, impeding medical care, detaining innocent civilians en masse. Fallujah is the model. Fallujah is our Guernica. And now, Haditha, Al-Qa’im, with Baquba and Buhrez under deconstruction.

You have been reading excerpts from "Censorship" by Dahr Jamail. We read Dahr Jamail's blog, Iraq Dispatches, at dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog, and we hope you will too.

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