US War Crimes in Fallujah - by Stephen Lendman
Numerous previous articles documented two decades of US war crimes in Iraq, the latest titled, "One of History's Greatest Crimes," accessed through the following link:
On August 31, declaring an "end to the combat mission in Iraq," Obama disgracefully said: "Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United Stated and Iraq, we have met our responsibility," infamously displaying his culpability as a war criminal, matching the worst America ever produced. Daily he proves it in Iraq, Afghanistan, and by reckless global marauding.
During its September Geneva session, the UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) 15th Session issued a report titled, "Testimonies of Crimes Against Humanity in Fallujah: Towards a Fair International Criminal Trial," citing the deteriorating conditions in the city and saying:
"From the (2003) outset and at the start of the indiscriminate and merciless campaign of collective punishment and willful destruction, undertaken by the occupational troops of the United States of America," innocent civilians endured an "inhumane siege and indiscriminate killing" during April and May 2004.
"The genocidal massacres" included "sustained and targeted bombing(s), aimed directly at the homes of defenseless civilians," killing and maiming dozens on the bogus pretext of "pursuing the leaders of the resistance."
A November/December massacre followed, killing, wounding, and maiming thousands more, many others still missing or displaced. At the time, peace proposals submitted to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan "were summarily dismissed and completely ignored" to let mass slaughter proceed.
It was willful, outrageous carnage, innocent civilians targeted in violation of fundamental international laws, ones America always flouts disdainfully.
Examples of Collective Punishment Killing
On April 1, 2003, US forces opened fire on civilians at a bakery.
On April 23, with Baghdad occupied, Fallujah students protested peacefully against their school taken over for a base. In response, US soldiers "fired indiscriminately," killing 13 and wounding 75. Medical workers trying to help were also shot. Among the dead were three children under age 11.
On April 30, US forces fired on a funeral, killing two civilians and wounding 14, including children.
On September 11, US and Blackwater forces "opened fire on the office of the mayor of Fallujah." An Iraqi Fallujah Protection Force (FPF) and two police patrols chased their vehicle until it entered a US camp 3 - 4 km away. They returned later, attacked the FPF, killing eight and wounding two. Ambulance services were also fired at to prevent them from providing aid.
Thereafter, US forces aggressively attacked Iraqi resistance elements, especially in Fallujah. Arbitrary arrests followed, their testimonies revealing acts of "systematic torture (and) humiliation." Assaults, arrests, killings, and abuse continued to target city residents, some accusing the Americans of systematic brutality.
Neighborhoods were attacked, a woman, trying to protect her baby, said a mad dog bit her. Soldiers also stole "money and jewels of families to prove that it's a mercenary army before it's an occupation" one.