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

Monday, April 28, 2003

Interesting. Apparently a number of Iraqis didn't know about the gassing of Halabja.

Nafeh Mohammed Saleh, 42, and his brother Adel, 40, were soldiers in the Iraqi army during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Adel was serving in Panjwin, in northern Iraq, close to Halabja.

"We heard there had been a chemical attack, but we didn't know where - in the north or the south or the central sector," Adel said.

Nafeh said he had seen a video of the dead that his Kurdish friends had shown him, with children and women lying dead in the streets.

"But I don't know if it was a genuine film," Nafeh said, fingering his worry beads. "People talked, but we didn't hear it from anyone who had seen it himself. We still have our doubts."

He added: "I heard they bombed Halabja because they wanted to get the Iranians out. I heard they had bombed them with crushed stones - not chemicals."

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