Before attacking the city, the marines stopped men "of fighting age" from leaving. Many women and children stayed: the Guardian's correspondent estimated that between 30,000 and 50,000 civilians were left. The marines treated Falluja as if its only inhabitants were fighters. They levelled thousands of buildings, illegally denied access to the Iraqi Red Crescent and, according to the UN's special rapporteur, used "hunger and deprivation of water as a weapon of war against the civilian population".
Another soldier's story: Aunti Roo sent this along
My 23 Days in Iraq tells how 'Retreat From Hell', a blogger at Kos, was injured in Iraq in 2004. He was paralyzed. Then read his other diary, 'When It Rains, It Pours' about how fucked up his life is now.
From Bloomberg, some juicy news:
Scanlon, 35, a former aide to Representative Tom DeLay, told a federal judge yesterday that he conspired to commit fraud against four Indian tribe clients and corrupt public officials. He agreed to pay back $19.7 million in profits from the tribal clients, his share of the $39.4 million he had split with Abramoff, 46.
Raw Story Also Reports: Ohio congressman Ney, others in Congress in bribery probe
Mean Jean Schmidt was lampooned on Saturday Night Live by Rachel Dresch. Wish I had seen it.
Regarding what she said about Murtha: "There was no discussion of him personally being a coward or about any person being a coward," Bubp said. "My message to the folks in Washington, D.C., and to all the Congress people up there, is to stay the course. We cannot leave Iraq or cut and run - any terminology that you want to use."
Meanwhile Limbaugh and Carlson falsely claim that Bubp is serving in Iraq. The morons.