May 15th, 2003 US accused of failing to protect mass grave


The US military is being accused of “failing to protect and properly excavate the largest mass grave discovered in Iraq.” The grave had about 3,000 bodies. Villagers were able to recognize the bodies because there were plastic bags with clothing and broken bones in them across the site.

The villagers were all helping each other to unearth the bodies and recognize them, but Lieutenant General James Conway and his unit didn’t help them at all even though they were at the site. He said, “our feeling is that you would rather do this yourself.”

Lieutenant Conway is crazy. If he felt like Iraqi people would rather clean up Saddam’s mass, then why did Americans even come to Iraq at first? Americans were there to help. Mr. Bouckaert had the same response in the article. “Why was there all this talk about the crimes of the regimen of Saddam Hussein if the effort is not being made to identify the remains and establish the evidence of these brutal crimes?”

There are more than 200,000 Iraqis have gone missing since the Ba’ath party came to power. The party became dominant after 1968. Saddam and his party killed so many people in a short period of time. I didn’t know how cruel he was until I found out how many were killed and were missing. It’s like a communist government I’ve read about in history textbooks. I’m so glad that US is able to help even though US have a lot of faults in the process.




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