Monday, February 4, 2008


(Do you see a mentally retarded woman with Down's Syndrome in this picture?)

(Note: by dumb luck, I happened to have copied this entire ridiculous article into this post and it no longer exists, you can't find it anywhere. Click on the link below and it's gone. This is a prime example of PROPAGANDA: they throw out these bullshit stories and then PURGE them from the internet. Luckily, I cut/pasted it here in its entirety, and it serves as an all-time great example of propaganda. The actual article is in black, my comments ridiculing it are in red. It's a work of art! And my comments from 2008 apply to all articles like this from 2008 to the present)

Mentally disabled women used in bombings

By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer
Fri Feb 1, 6:41 PM ET

BAGHDAD - Two women described as mentally disabled and strapped with remote-control explosives — and possibly used as unwitting suicide bombers — brought carnage Friday to two pet bazaars, killing at least 91 people in the deadliest day since Washington flooded the capital with extra troops last spring. (bd: If they blew themselves up and everyone around them, how did they know they were even women, let alone mentally retarted??? Obviously, the nearest people to the explosion were blown to smithereens, too...they were the casualties, so who is a witness?)
Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, Iraq's chief military spokesman in Baghdad (bd: Red flag!), said the women had Down syndrome (bd: So, somehow this guy knew from the billions of 1/2 inch pieces of human remains, that it was 2 women and they had Downs Syndrome! How did he know they had Downs Syndrome?) and may not have known they were on suicide missions, but gave no further details on how authorities pieced together the evidence. He also said the bombs were detonated by remote control (bd: How did he know that?).

The coordinated blasts — coming 20 minutes apart in different parts of the city — appeared to reinforce U.S. claims al-Qaida in Iraq may be increasingly desperate and running short of able-bodied men willing or available for such missions (bd: Later in this article, they change it to "bears the hallmarks of Al Qaida).

But they also served as a reminder that Iraqi insurgents are constantly shifting their strategies in attempts to unravel recent security gains around the country. Women have been used in ever greater frequency (bd: According to WHOM???) in suicide attacks because they often encounter less scrutiny by security officials.

The twin attacks at the pet markets, however, could mark a disturbing use of unknowing agents of death.

In Washington, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the bombings prove al-Qaida is "the most brutal and bankrupt of movements" and will strengthen Iraqi resolve to reject terrorism (bd: Hmmm...coordinated media blitz, huh? When did Rice write this up? Said the same thing as that Iraqi "official"!).

Iraqi officials raised the death toll to 91 from 73 in the early hours of Saturday, but they were unable to immediately provide a casualty break down in the two bombings. The police and Interior Ministry officials spoke on condition of anonymity (bd: Red flag!) because they were not authorized to release the information.

Earlier, officials had said the first bomber was detonated about 10:20 a.m. in the central al-Ghazl market. Four police and hospital officials (bd: What were their names?) said at least 46 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

Police said the woman wearing the bomb (bd: So, now the police saw the woman wearing the bomb? Were the police wounded?) sold cream in the mornings at the market and was known to locals as "the crazy lady." (bd: Still wondering, if all the people in the immediate area were blown to smithereens, how did they know it was a woman with Downs Syndrome?)
The pet bazaar has been bombed repeatedly, but with violence declining in the capital, the market had regained popularity as a shopping district and place to stroll on Fridays, the Muslim day of prayer.

But on Friday, it was returned to a scene straight out of the worst days of the conflict. Firefighters scooped up debris scattered among pools of blood, clothing and pigeon carcasses (bd: But they somehow pieced together that it was a woman with Downs Syndrome!).

A pigeon vendor said the market had been unusually crowded, with people taking advantage of a pleasantly crisp and clear winter day after a particularly harsh January.

"I have been going to the pet market with my friend every Friday, selling and buying pigeons," said Ali Ahmed, who was hit by shrapnel in his legs and chest. "It was nice weather today and the market was so crowded."

He said he was worried about his friend, Zaki, who disappeared after the blast about 40 yards away (bd: Why doesn't Ali Ahmed ask whoever somehow knew the minute body parts were from a woman with Down's Syndrome...where his brother is?).

"I just remember the horrible scene of the bodies of dead and wounded people mixed with the blood of animals and birds, then I found myself lying in a hospital bed," Ali said.

About 20 minutes after the first attack, the second female suicide bomber (bd: With Down's Syndrome, right? She also was medically certified with Down's Syndrome, shortly before the bombing in war-torn Iraq! They know the medical records of all the people in Bagdad! Funny, no one can get any health care attention due to conditions there, but they somehow knew these 2 women had Down's Syndrome...and that they were women in the first place!) was blown apart in a bird market in a predominantly Shiite area in southeastern Baghdad. Initial reports had said as many as 27 people died and 67 were wounded, police and hospital officials said.

Rae Muhsin, the 21-year-old owner of a cell phone store, said he was walking toward the New Baghdad bird market when the explosion shattered the windows of nearby stores.

"I ran toward the bird market and saw charred pieces of flesh, small spots of blood and several damaged cars," Muhsin said. "I thought that we had achieved real security in Baghdad, but it turned that we were wrong."

The bombings were the latest in a series that has frayed Iraqi confidence in the permanence of recent security gains (bd: See Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine"...keep them in a state of shock & chaos. So, we still can't control Bagdad after 5 fucking years and $600 billion dollars of our tax money, probably more than that???).

The U.S. military (bd: Hmmm...coordinated Iraqi guy, Rice, military statements.) in Iraqi (bd: "in Iraqi"...great writing...) issued a statement that shared "the outrage of the Iraqi people, and we condemn the brutal enemy responsible for these attacks, which bear the hallmarks of being carried out by al-Qaida in Iraq (bd: Yes, "share" their outrage! To get on their side! "We" are outraged! The strawman argument, to get them on our side.)."

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, said the bombings showed that a resilient al-Qaida has "found a different, deadly way" to try to destabilize Iraq (bd: Very nice, coordinated media blitz! Did you tell them, that this wasn't happening before we invaded their country? Oh! But "We're" outraged with you! "We're" outraged that "WE" invaded your country and caused all of this!).

"There is nothing they won't do (bd: I thought you said it only "beared the hallmarks" of Al Qaida!!!) if they think it will work in creating carnage and the political fallout that comes from that," he told The Associated Press in an interview at the State Department.

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (bd: Our "stooge". No one's even sure who the president is over there! I bet you didn't know!) said the attacks were motivated by revenge and an attempt "to stop the march of history and of our people toward reconciliation." He confirmed the death toll was about 70.

Navy Cmdr. Scott Rye, a U.S. military spokesman, gave far lower casualty figures — seven killed and 23 wounded in the first bombing, and 20 killed and 30 wounded in the second (bd: Exactly why are the figures different???).

He confirmed, however, that both attacks were carried out by women wearing explosives vests (bd: How did all these different people and sources know that that tiny body parts were 2 women with Down's Syndrome with bombs strapped on themselves? I don't think I'm off-base asking this perfectly rational question!!!!!!!!!) and said the attacks appeared coordinated and likely the work of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Associated Press records show (bd: If the AP records are anything like THIS bullshit, then those are pretty bad records! A bunch of guys saying stuff are "records"??? If you mean by "records", "AP ARTICLES", then that's a totally different definition of "records"!!!) that since the start of the war at least 169 people have been killed in at least 17 attacks or attempted attacks by female suicide bombers, including Friday's bombings (bd: Well I guess that IS what they mean by "records"!!!).

The most recent previous attack was Jan. 16 when a female suicide bomber (bd: With Down's Syndrome, by any chance???) detonated her explosives among men preparing for the Ashoura holiday in a Shiite village in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad (bd: Where's the proof they were women? I know they "said" they were women...).

While involving women in such deadly activity violates cultural taboos in Iraq (bd: DING DING DING! They probably aren't women! Nor do they have Down's Syndrome!), the U.S. military has warned that al-Qaida is recruiting women (bd: How do they know that?) and young people as suicide attackers because militants are increasingly desperate to thwart stepped-up security measures.

Syria also has reportedly tightened its border with Iraq, a main transit point for incoming foreign bombers.

Women in Iraq often wear abayas, the black Islamic robe, and avoid thorough searches at checkpoints (bd: Yeah, right!!! They don't search them! Do you believe that? They beat them, subjugate them, make them wear those things in the first place...but they won't search them! That's where they draw the line! Bullshit! So, they follow the Islamic rule of not searching women, but disregard the Islamic rule of blowing them up!!!) because men are not allowed to touch them and there are too few female police.

Even the use of the handicapped in suicide bombings is not unprecedented in Iraq. In January 2005, Iraq's interior minister said (bd: LOL! And then Rice, the military, some more Iraqi stooges, etc...all said it at the same time! And then Bush & Cheney said it!) insurgents used a disabled child in a suicide attack on election day. Police at the scene of the bombing said the child appeared to have Down syndrome (bd: LOL!!!!!!!! Bullshit!!!!!!! The "trustworthy" Iraqi police said it! You know, the one's who are MUTINYING and KILLING EACH OTHER!).

Many teenage boys were among the casualties in the al-Ghazl bombing Friday, according to the officials who gave the death toll. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information (bd: Did AP cut/paste this sentence from above?).

In Late November, a bomb hidden in a box of small birds (bd: The birds had Down's Syndrome, now Al Qaida has stooped to not only blowing up cute little birds, but cute little birds with Down's Syndrome!) exploded at the al-Ghazl market, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens. The U.S. military blamed the November attack on Iranian-backed (bd: don't suppose we're making this shit up, to then "blame our opponent"? Like that false, debunked Iranian speedboat incident? Or the "white Al Qaida"? Remember that? That story suddenly disappeared!) Shiite militants, saying they had hoped al-Qaida in Iraq would be held responsible for the attack so Iraqis would turn to them for protection.

The U.S. military has been unable to stop the suicide bombings (bd: So, 5 years, a million dead Iraqi civilians, thousands of dead U.S. troops, tens-of-thousands of maimed U.S. troops, a million Iraqi widows, almost a trillion of our tax dollars...AND WE'RE UNABLE TO STOP SUICIDE BOMBINGS WHICH WEREN'T THERE BEFORE WE INVADED THEM!!!) despite a steep drop in violence in the past six months. Friday's blasts were the deadliest in the capital since an April 18 suicide car bombing that killed 116 and wounded 145. Washington's "surge" of an additional 30,000 soldiers into Baghdad and other parts of central Iraq began in February, but did not reach full strength until June.

(bd: I'M SICK OF THIS BULLSHIT PROPAGANDA!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't believe that Iraqi's are blowing up their fellow brothers and sisters, and in the area most secured by the U.S., but who's doing it?)

Associated Press writers Hamid Ahmed and Sameer N. Yacoub contributed to this report.
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