those brave freedom fighters...

"Children 'used in suicide attacks'

A US general today said Iraqi insurgents used children in a suicide attack this weekend, raising worries that the insurgency has adopted a new tactic to get through security checkpoints with bombs.

Major General Michael Barbero, deputy director for regional operations in the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said adults in a vehicle with two children in the backseat were allowed through a Baghdad checkpoint. The adults then abandoned the vehicle and detonated it with the children still inside, he said.

"Children in the backseat lower suspicion, we let it move through," he said. "They parked the vehicle, the adults run out and detonate it with the children in the back."

UPDATE: This comment under the same item from a person (?) over at Iain Hall's blog:

"What a shocking story Iain, war is something we should avoid at all costs as desperate people, trying to defend themselves, can do things that we in our safe southern land can’t even imagine.

Take this as an example;

“Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered, but never
before have I watched as soldiers enticed children like mice into a
trap and murdered them for sport.”

–Christopher Hedges, American Journalist on assignment in Gaza

Yes both sides can act in terrible ways during war time.

Bring the troops home now!

Comment by craigy — March 21, 2007 #

Thank god we have a better class of reader...I'd encourage you to get over there and tell this piece of shit exactly how you feel about comments such as that.

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