Sunday, July 08, 2007

Not For The Squeamish

From the amazing Michael Yon, one of the few journalists who is actually among the troops and the Iraqi people, rather than getting his news from his bellhop, comes this grim story from Baqubah. For those of you who get your news from the usual sources like TV and the major dailies, you may not have heard much about Baqubah. An Iraqi official who asks to be kept anonymous speaks through the American translator Lt. David Wallach.

At first, he said, they would only target Shia, but over time the new al Qaeda directed attacks against Sunni, and then anyone who thought differently. The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11 years old. As LT David Wallach interpreted the man’s words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, “What did he say?” Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family.

I have four sons. Tell me again why we want to reason with these people and believe their complaints against us?

(HT: kat at

1 comment:

Ben Wyman said...