January 23, 2004

The "anti-war Left" wasn't anti-THIS war...

...Mass graves "are everywhere," said Sandy Hodgkinson, a U.S. State Department attorney who has been working with Iraq's Human Rights Ministry, the agency in charge of investigating the mass graves. "You follow reports, and they turn up in places you would never suspect."

Iraq is littered with bodies stuffed dozens at a time into cemetery plots, bodies shoved over cliffs, tossed in lakes or hidden in farm fields where vegetables still grow, said Saad Sultan, 32, a lawyer and detective with the Human Rights Ministry's mass graves research team.

So far, 282 possible mass grave sites have been identified, 55 have been confirmed and 20 have been explored. But nine months after Hussein's fall, the total number of graves is unknown. So, too, is the number buried, though the figure is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.

Among Kurds alone, for example, there are at least 182,000 people missing, 8,000 of them from one clan, the Barzanis.... (Chicago Tribune)

When I find a magic lantern, and the genie gives me three wishes, I think number one is going to be to send the entire "anti-war left" mob off to Iraq and let them sift the sands with teaspoons to help find the remains of the victims of the merciless war that they did so much, and worked so hard to support and encourage and prolong. Sort of like how the GI's marched Germans through the concentration camps...

Posted by John Weidner at January 23, 2004 6:39 PM
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