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Death Factory found in southern Iraq

Bags and coffins piled deep bursting with skulls and bundles of human bones; catalogues of photos of corpses, burned and swollen and mutilated; a shooting gallery complete with bullet-hole-riddled wall and custom-made drainage ditch…

Those Ba’athists were nice people, alright.

But these days we are no longer forced to brood over each new tragedy, “How awful, Christ, what a world.” Instead, we can think, “Someone is doing something about this shit at last. Thank God.”

Thank God and thank the British and American soldiers and their leaders. The world is changing.

8 comments to Death Factory found in southern Iraq

  • Donnah

    Some people don’t want the world to change.

    From the Washington Post:

    “Lothar Brock, professor of political science at Goethe University in Frankfurt and a director at the Peace Research Institute there, said Germany hoped for a short war, but there could be a downside to such an outcome: “If this proves to be an easy task for the U.S., they will go ahead and do this again in other cases, and they will mess up the whole world,” Brock said.”

    Germany Stops Short of Saying I Told You So

  • Mike

    Well, one country is changing. But do you think things are going to get better in the other troubled parts of the world anytime soon?

  • Fred Boness

    The other rumor is that these are remains recently repatriated from the Iran Iraq war.

  • The story that the remains were repatriated from Iran is the _only_ rumor I’ve seen, and was reported by locals. The idea that the remains are from some sort of government atrocity is so far a product of wishfull thinking by Crusaders.

  • What is sadder is the mass graves that remain buried and undiscovered: in Matabeleland, East Timor, the Russias and, especially, China.

    One of the most positive developments in the last decade has been the rediscovery and cataloguing of such mass graves, testament to the vast swathes of the globe that are more free now than they have been in the past.

  • mad dog barker

    One of the things that history teaches us: We always discover and display the remains of mass graves or executions carried out by the “other side”. We ourselves never have any, of course.

    So apart from the fact that the British invented the “concnetration camp” and the American government has been indirectly and directly responsible for the disapearence of thousands, including some of their own citizens, we seem to be in safe hands.

    I was once told that “evil lurks forever, more so in the psyche of the victor” and in the years since I have never found a reason to refute this. To err is human but to really fudge it you need an “elected government”.

    But, whatever, it would be a nice thought if the idea of mass executions and mass graves had met its time!

  • Mad dog barker,

    Actually, these mass graves are rediscovered and catalogued by successor regimes to the perpetrators, usually democracies. The US and UK have little or nothing to do with it.

    Such atrocity exhibitions are too dark to be used for your own political agenda, especially when they have nothing to do with it.

    Don’t score points off the dead!

  • If these remains are “recently repatriated”, why the meat hooks and the drainage ditches?