Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Did the al Jazeera reporter in Baghdad ask Iraq's Defense Minister about this?

Fanatical pro-Saddam Hussein fighters are shooting children in and around Basra, fleeing civilians told British forces.

One mother told British medics her 12-year-old son was among dozens of youngsters gunned down by death squads.

He was shot in the liver and several times in the stomach in Al Zubayr, just outside Basra, and is now being treated on the British hospital ship RFA Argus.

The ship's interpreter, Lieutenant Commander Nigel Bassett, said: "His mother says he was definitely shot by Iraqis and there were another group of children in the same place who were all gunned down by Iraqis.

"It seems there was an area of the town where people were leaving or going to get food to assist the coalition and there was a group of tearaways who came in and started indiscriminately shooting, trying to teach people not to co-operate."

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