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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Bad Luck

   Finally Giuliana Sgrena the Italian journalist which was being held hostage in Iraq, has made it back home, but she has been shot in the shoulder and one of her bodyguards is killed. No it wasn't the Iraqis, it was the U.S army. Don't believe me, read it here . Those soldiers are supposed to have been trained for two years right?. Why would they do something like that then??. It is because the car didn't slow down at a check point, and because it is the custom of terrorist fighters to come flying at check points, soldiers shoot any speeding car which fails to slow down at a check point, and Giuliana Sgrena was no exception. I don't blame them for shooting, but I blame them for what they shot, couldn't they just shoot at the car instead of the people in it, I think they can. May be this accident will change the way U.S soldiers treat other people.

   Next on the blog news: The two runaways, Raghda and Dalia are back with pretty good posts. Oh and here is a really good blogger, Najma with her relatives carnival post, which I look good in it. And last, HNK is whining AGAIN but she has a cute picture which is worth seeing and her post is a reflection of her.

  Yes this should be useful, On the left is my new emailing list service, instead of coming from time to time to see if I have updated my blog, why don't you let me come to you. Subscribe and I'll take care of the rest. Unfortunately it can only support 500 subscribers. May be I'll be able to do something about this in the future.


Blogger jemy said...

It's a big problem. The first thing that must be done is an investigation. And, as much as I get angry with the U.S., so far it looks like they do at least start investigations to look into why these things have happened. As for holding individuals responsible, I think this should be secondary to taking steps to make certain things like this don't happen again.

The reason people were tortured in Abu Ghraib was because that's what happens when you have too few guards and too many prisoners. The reason the journalist was shot is because that's what you get when soldiers are put in exposed positions to regularly moving traffic.

American soldiers keep killing innocent people in vehicles, because when you have people in crowds, invariably, someone is going to do something stupid, and not follow simple directions, and the result is going to be their death.

As an example, a group of my friends and I were coming home from a concert, and were not paying attention, we went 60 MPH through the gate of an army base in an unmarked white van. Since this was back in the 1980's, we were NOT shot and killed, but if I did the same thing today, I'm sure it would have been a different story.

An easy way to make sure a stupid mistake like this doesn't happen is to have the gate down at all times, and an unmanned warning checkpoint at least half a mile from the gate, with lots of speed bumps.

Also, something we need to get better at is making direct reperations to families.

You know, I sympathize with you and Najma, and absolutely understand where you are coming from. But I don't know what the alternative is.

While I agree, that it seems like having American soldiers around makes life more dangerous for innocent people, I have to wonder, if they weren't there, what would happen?

We know that massive looting occured, and that (eventually) it was stopped by the presence of the troops. We know that there are bandits stealing cars from people like the Jarrars, and doing all other sorts of things.

I guess, I really do feel like if we left now, it would mean even more criminal activity on the street, even more looting, and it would mean that places like Kirkuk would explode into Kurdish vs Arab violence.

So, I'm interested in your take on the issue.

And I do agree with you. Even if it was an "accident", that doesn't change the fact that an innocent person is dead. And we should always do what we can to make sure the innocent don't suffer.

2:32 AM  
Blogger Hassan said...

Yes this is not the problem of the indidual soldier who fired those shots, or the single checkpoint that caused such an accident, may be putting concrete beams on the road that will force the car to go zigzag would have solved the problem of speed, they do that sometimes.

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