Thursday, April 14, 2011

14-Apr-11: Moslem on Moslem massacres continue; outrage not so much

Iraqi policy and soldiers imposing
a siege on Camp Ashraf in 2009 (Source)
We wrote less than a week ago [9-Apr-11: A day in the life of the Middle East: [Fill in country name] government forces execute massacres of own citizens] about armed-to-the-teeth government forces killing their own citizens in various parts of the Middle East. We mentioned massacres in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain. And noted that they all happened on one single day, last week. Please remind us, we asked, what Israel is supposed to learn from its neighbours in the region.

Today there's this:
UN confirms 34 dead at Iranian camp in Iraq
UNITED NATIONS, April 14 | Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:35pm EDT
(Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday confirmed 34 people have been found dead at an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq after Iraqi security forces launched an operation against the camp last week. "We are aware of 34 dead in the camp and its immediate environs," U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said. "We're trying to get further details." (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Bill Trott)
Just 34 dead. Really hardly worth making something out of it.

Wait. Is that 34 human beings? And according to AP,  three bodies appear to have been crushed to death, likely from being run over by a car.What horror. And where is the outrage?

The massacre happened at Camp Ashraf in northeastern Iraq, home for the past thirty years to thousands of Iranians who oppose the Iranian regime. It was guarded by the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2009. Then control was transferred to Iraqi armed forces.

The BBC says 3,500 people live there. UN observers were asking to visit the camp for five days. They were finally allowed in on Wednesday, and found a number of women among the dead, and many more injured. Two days ago (according to this source), the Iraqi government announced plans to close the camp down by the end of 2011. It appears New Year came early for them.

No comments: