Wednesday, October 18, 2006

HIDING THE BODIES: WHAT THE BUSH CREW DOES BEST
Hiding the dead bodies in Iraq has become an art. There are rough estimates from Baghdad morgues -- but it is well established that morgue officials are routinely intimidated and threatened with death if they give accurate accounts of the number victims that come through their doors. Some bodies never make it to the morgues -- lost forever in unmarked graves, sewers or unceremoniously dumped in garbage dumps. Others are simply buried by relatives in family plots. They know better than to report the information to the very police officers that are intimately involved with the death squads responsible for the early demise of their loved ones.

No one has a clue about the number of victims in the terra incognita outside the capital. Reporters and coalition officials rarely bother to venture outside the Green Zone -- a fantasy island where they live lives of splendor away from the scene of Bush’s crimes. Even the majority of American soldiers are immune from witnessing the devastating realities of a civil war in progress. With the exception of the small minority actually assigned to combat duties -- the vast majority spend their time safely confined to bases.

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