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May 13, 2007

Mahmoudiya Amnesia

None of the current news accounts on yesterday's incident of some U.S. soldiers killed and others abducted south of Baghdad mentions the likely reason why this has happened.

There are US troops missing after five killed in ambush and a U.S. Hunts for Missing Personnel in Iraq is on its way. Meanwhile some alleged Al-Qaida Group Says It Has Missing GIs.

The above incident, now helpfully assigned to some 'al-Qaida', happened near to Mahmoudiya.

If the media had a bit of longer term memory, that city's name would bring up some associations: War Crimes: Mahmoudiya Rape-Massacre Trials :

According to the federal affidavit, PFC Steven D. Green and four other soldiers with Bravo Company, First Battalion, 502nd Infantry, in the Army's 101st Division, planned the attack after spotting Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi, a 14 year-old Iraqi schoolgirl, at a traffic checkpoint they were manning near Mahmoudiya. On the day of the attack, Green and the other soldiers drank alcohol and dressed in black before going to the girl's house. They broke in, and Green took the girl's father, mother, and her 5 year old sister in a room and killed them all. Green, then the others, gang-raped the 14 year-old girl, then Green shot her "two or three times in the head". They set the girl's body on fire, then went about covering up the crime.

But no press account connects the current capture of GI's around the same town to that crime. Instead the "al-qaeda" story is getting lots of hype. But the incidents are most likely connected.

The capturing (and killing) of GI's in that area has happened before: Statement claims link between Mahmoudiya incident, 2 killings July 10, 2006

Militant Islamic Web sites have posted video that purportedly shows the bodies of two U.S. soldiers kidnapped and killed last month in Yusufiya, Iraq.

The video was accompanied by a statement that linked the killings with the alleged rape of a young Iraqi woman in March.
"This video is issued and presented as a revenge for our sister who was dishonored by one of the soldiers of the same brigade that these two soldiers belonged to," reads the statement posted along with the video.

There must be some institutionalized media amnesia with regard to reports on U.S. behavior in foreign countries.

It is always some "al-qaeda" doing something "bad" without any detectable reason. In reality the starting point of such action is usually the behavior of the U.S. and its camouflaged 'missionaries'.

Posted by b on May 13, 2007 at 19:17 UTC | Permalink


Somewhat related; resistance unshocked and unawed by our big swinging Strykers.

The Stryker's vulnerabilities have become increasingly apparent since a battalion of about 700 soldiers and nearly 100 Stryker vehicles from the Army's 2nd Infantry Division was sent to Diyala province in March to bolster an infantry brigade struggling to restore order there.

Trouble started as soon as the Strykers arrived in Baqouba, the provincial capital of Diyala.

U.S. commanders ordered the vehicles into Baqouba's streets at dawn the day after they arrived. The hope was that the large, menacing vehicles — armed with a heavy machine gun and a 105mm cannon — would intimidate insurgents and reassure local residents.

Instead, insurgents hammered the Strykers with automatic weapons fire, rocket-propelled grenades and a network of roadside bombs. By the end of that first day, one American soldier was dead, 12 were wounded and two Strykers were destroyed.

Losses have since mounted. The May 6 attack that killed six soldiers and a Russian journalist was followed a few days later by another blast. Soldiers scrambled out of the Stryker and took cover in a house while they watched the vehicle burn. Several of them were injured but none seriously.

Posted by: ran | May 13 2007 19:36 utc | 1

When one can create stability* through structural chaos, everything that results from the bifurcation of the game, fortune or, more importantly, in this case, 'misfortune' of events, then every event episode becomes magical a gift; by waving the wand of prop-agenda and turning liabilities into assets. By tweaking the data to enhance and frame of the story by magnifying data sets to your advantage.

I have seen this done methodically and scientifically (read: clinically)over and over in circumstances such as this, where and if one has an overview (the back story) e.g., of the whole of the stories details, then and only then can you see the glitch in the meta-narrative of the continuum.

In other words, the power of prop-agenda becomes the art of putting the story you want to be revealed under the microscope and then only using this compartmentalized data to be the thesis of that story. Where the actual observation is to obfuscate and overshadow other parts of the data. It is quite deliberate and effective.

The end result is the erasing of memory. In psychological circles, it has long been known, that traumatic events on top of other unresolved traumatic events (Read: Trauma on top of trauma on top of trauma ) often leads to psychological breakdowns, psychotic breaks and often long and short- term manic-depression. Anhedonia. Only in this example on a macro instead of a micro scale.

One is lead through stages of forgetting the pain of the situation by other pain. Whereby the original pain is then superseded by the real-time pain of now. Space-time continuum. The pain multiplies and becomes layered and then moves to the unconsciousness while in survival mode. Soon one disconnect's and dissociates to the degree that one becomes numb. And finally learns to become apathetic to the data, in this case the experience.

Mass media mind control. And what do you expect from a Nation that has embraced Nazi War Criminals in the U.S. after WWII.

*stability as seen through the lenses of the ptb, not the casual observer

p.s. Excellent post b.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | May 13 2007 20:51 utc | 2

Posted by: Uncle $cam | May 13 2007 23:33 utc | 3

Thanks b. I, for one, will never forget Abeer Qasim Hamza for as long as I live.

Posted by: beq | May 13 2007 23:53 utc | 4

it's not amnesia, really. (making allowances for those editors & journos w/ cerebrums pickled in alcohol, i suppose). to imperialists & those indoctrinated to see/explain the world through their filters, what occured to the abeer & her family barely registered as anything other than a headline & an temporary inconvenience for one isolated cog in the machine/mission. hardly anything worth committing to memory in the first place. how can they forget something they never understood? just ink for some, others an HR (human resource) issue.

apathy may be a more fitting explanation. or an inability to empathize. contempt, even. and certainly there's room for laziness, in that it's easier to avoid substantial contextualization, especially when you're so reliant on taking dictation from those who have already planned out your thinking for you & have their handy PR (press releases) ready & waiting for narrative dispersal.

there is a severe case of institutional ideological indoctrination, largely by design, that permeates the professional media & which controls the parameters of discourse & the range of thinkable thought. corporate media represents the worldview of the corporate mentality. capitalist & elite media do the same. even if they could, it's not in their owners' interests to connect all the dots should the resulting outline threatens their positions/influence.

as we've mentioned here many times before, the act of remembering falls to the people, which makes citizen media like MoA so crucial in a struggle for authentic honesty, justice, & accountability.

Posted by: b real | May 14 2007 4:02 utc | 5

The military industrial complex jumped a mechanical rabbit and sold it to the public -- however, awesome firepower and armor coupled with GPS and hi-tech computers, unfortunately, does not equate with invincibility...

Posted by: Chuck Cliff | May 14 2007 4:12 utc | 6

mullah cimoc say him warning ameriki people in 2003 when bush the invading iraq.

mullah cimoc then tell all ameriki saying please to reading the books of him chairman mao tse tung on guerilla warfare strategies and tactical.

mullah cimoc say in 2003 him insurgent running the enrage the bear tactical.

bear so ferocious, but running to and fro and the lunging to and fro, finally getting tired and the weaker and finally after the tormenting after the exhaustion him wanting to be killed just for ending the suffering.

this usa now in iraq. so the weaken, now the guerilla more aggressive but still the so careful. the bear still roar but hearing now the weakness.

in this time now all muslim knowing that in new iraq only him who killing so many ameriki soldier having the status and the power.

the collaborator him to die and all the family too, unless so torture by ameriki.

only one kind of the voting to count in new iraq. this ballot him calling the body bag containing the ameirki soldier ballot. if not have the this ballot, not having him vote.

this new man in new iraq him true warrior face every day adversity. him only man with political power in new iraq.

for this reason now the killing for starting so much against ameriki soldier. the wife telling the husband, “Omar, you needing for killing three ameriki now so our children him going the college and have good job in new iraq”. Also, “you not my husband if not killing ameriki soldier.”

this new kind of gold rush, but this rush him calling this the rush for kill ameriki soldier.

Posted by: mullah cimoc | May 14 2007 4:20 utc | 7

Leila Fadel of McClatchy notes the connection here (updated here.

Posted by: | May 14 2007 4:42 utc | 8

Submission to authority and the "Cult of Masculinity", are entwined in America's homegrown religious fundamentalism. Chris Hedges devotes a chapter to this subject in his latest book, American Fascists:

"Hypermasculinity becomes a way to compensate, especially since the unspoken truth is that Christian men are required to have a personal, loving relationship with a male deity and surrender their will to a male-dominated authoritarian church. Submission to church authority, after all, is a potent form of emasculation. It entails a surrendering of conscience and personal control and deadens emotions and feelings. Glorified acts of force and violence against outsiders, against nonbelievers, compensate for this unquestioning submission. The domination men are encouraged to practice in the home over women and children becomes a reflection of the domination they are taught to endure outside the home"...

"The decline of America is described as the result of the decline of male prowess. This decline has led to weakness and moral decay. It has resulted in a bewildering human and social complexity that, often seen as feminine, is the work of Satan. By submitting to the Christian leader, and to a powerful male God who will destroy those who misbehave, followers avoid dealing with life. The [dominionist] movement seeks, above all, to banish mystery, the very essence of faith. Not only is the binary world knowable and predictable, but finally God is knowable and predictable."


"These male church leaders, Susan Friend Harding observed in The Book of Jerry Falwell, speak almost exclusively in their public pronouncements to other men. They implicitly privilege men in their rhetoric. She recounts a story of Falwell joking in 1986 at Temple Baptist Church about surrendering unconditionally to his wife, Macel. Falwell said he let Macel get what she wanted. This was a decision he made. As an aside he quipped that, while he had not thought of divorce, he had thought of murder a few times."

""The anger and threat of force here were ironic," Harding wrote, "but still served as little reminders of men's ostensible physical authority, their 'power-in-reserve'":

More unambiguously, this flash of rhetorical violence revealed to whom the entire joke about his marriage was addressed. It was addressed to men. In this way it not only upheld public male authority, it enacted it. Indeed, the whole sermon, the entire Moral Majority jeremiad, and fundamentalism in general were addressed to men. The joke, the sermon, the jeremiad, and fundamentalism were essentially men's movements, public speech rites that enacted male authority. Not that they were "for men only" but that they, their rhetorics, were addressed primarily, or rather directly, to men. Women were meant to overhear them.

I want to thank you, Bernhard, for the excellent post. We should never forget the crime committed against Abeer and her family. History and memory are relentless as they point sometimes to a specific crime which may be seen as definitive, reflecting for invaders and occupiers an irreducible account of their nation's crimes.

The Puritans with their early settlement in America had hopes for a theocratic state; and they "believed that God had called them to cast Satan out of this wilderness to create a promised land." We have seen where that kind of thinking leads.

Posted by: Copeland | May 14 2007 5:05 utc | 9

Yes, I morn for Abeer and her family, and all Iraqi's as I do all victims of the Terror State:

Tn. school stages fake assault on 6th graders

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

The mock attack Thursday night was intended as a learning experience and lasted five minutes during the weeklong trip to a state park, said Scales Elementary School Assistant Principal Don Bartch, who led the trip.

“We got together and discussed what we would have done in a real situation,” he said.

But parents of the sixth-grade students were outraged.

“The children were in that room in the dark, begging for their lives, because they thought there was someone with a gun after them,” said Brandy Cole, whose son went on the trip.

Some parents said they were upset by the staff’s poor judgment in light of the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech that left 33 students and professors dead, including the gunman.

During the last night of the trip, staff members convinced the 69 students that there was a gunman on the loose. They were told to lie on the floor or hide underneath tables and stay quiet. A teacher, disguised in a hooded sweat shirt, even pulled on a locked door.

After the lights went out, about 20 kids started to cry, 11-year-old Shay Naylor said.

“I was like, ‘Oh My God,’ “ she said. “At first I thought I was going to die. We flipped out.”

Principal Catherine Stephens declined to say whether the staff members involved would face disciplinary action, but said the situation “involved poor judgment.”

And very well said b real, especially, where you speak of 'institutional ideological indoctrination', contempt, and those who have already planned out our thinking, on this mission.

I suppose some would say, this belongs on the Open thread, however, I see different, I see this (above) as merely yet another example of the current establishment tactics to keep the masses in line.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | May 14 2007 5:20 utc | 10

"We must be RUTHLESS...TERROR is the most effective political instrument. It Is my duty to teach the German people CRUELTY."
~Adolf Hitler

Posted by: Uncle $cam | May 14 2007 5:26 utc | 11

Reminds me of the time I was just standing there, minding my own business, photocopying pages out of my sister's diary and she just totally freaked out for no reason I could understand!

Posted by: ralphieboy | May 14 2007 6:07 utc | 12

In #6, depending on from where one is viewing the ugliness, I perhaps should have said "fortunately".

BTW, newscasters in Denmark not only did not get the Mahmoudiya context, they played sound-bites of different US military intoning that they would not "rest until the fate of the kidnapped soldiers was known for certain".

Posted by: Chuck Cliff | May 14 2007 6:19 utc | 13

In the early months of the occupation, the State Department wanted to resuscitate the state-owned enterprises; the Pentagon's civilian leadership, dominated by neoconservatives, rejected the idea of supporting government-run industry. By last year, the positions had been reversed. Military commanders began arguing to restart the factories, even as a new crew of embassy economists, some of whom had been scarred by dealings with state-run firms in Eastern Europe, disagreed. Because State was now running the show in the Green Zone, its opposition carried the day. ... The U.S. Agency for International Development estimates that nearly half of Iraqis are unemployed or work fewer than 15 hours a week, but those figures do not include hundreds of thousands who once worked for state-owned enterprises and continue to collect about 40 percent of their original salaries. If they are counted, Brinkley believes, the true figure for unemployed and underemployed Iraqis may approach 70 percent. ...
Defense Skirts State in Reviving Iraqi Industry

Posted by: b | May 14 2007 6:57 utc | 14

@ Copeland

Jesus' General has a creepy story about a woman who is into submission/masochism with a Christian theme.

Christian Domestic Discipline is her website">">website where you can also buy crotchless pantaloons.

Posted by: dan of steele | May 14 2007 7:21 utc | 15


the woman in question has fibromyalgia and got a little behind in her chores (homeschoolin'; housework; health - the three h's according to her husband, will get her into trouble faster than anything else if she lets them slip)

of course she deserves a good spanking and it would make good diversion therapy for her chronic pain by replacing one pain with another ;)

creepy is a bit of an understatement

Posted by: jcairo | May 14 2007 9:17 utc | 16

fear sells even in

municipal politics

Posted by: jcairo | May 14 2007 13:18 utc | 17

Thank you Bernhard, for this wonderful place to come and read. It is my main corner on the world where I feel sane.

I would like to offer the comment about the American public and their apathy-desentization-avoidance, or whatever.
I find in teaching my junior college students that they are simply totally ignorant of foreign events, and national events too, for that matter. When covering the global distribution of religions, for example, they seldom know what the words sunni and shiite mean, nor do they have any idea of the difference between Baghdad and Socotra. They simply don't know anything about it, and they don't have any context to place this information in.
I know, it is my place to educate them and rectify that. I try. I'm limited in what I can accomplish in one semester. I try though. In a setting where many of the faculty are denying that global warming is associated with human activities I get frustrated.
Again, the public does really know what this important information means?

Posted by: Jake | May 14 2007 14:40 utc | 18

As the U.S. press (ex - Leila Fadel) is too dumb to make the connection, I phoned up Osama and asked for his "al-qaida" to come to their help. As usual, Osama followed up immediately:

Al-Qaida: Stop search for U.S. soldiers

An al-Qaida front group that claims it has captured American soldiers warned the United States on Monday to stop searching for them and suggested it attacked the U.S. convoy as revenge for the rape and murder of a local teenager last year.
"You should remember what you have done to our sister Abeer in the same area," the statement said, referring to five American soldiers who were charged in the rape and killing of 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and the killings of her parents and her younger sister last year.

Posted by: b | May 14 2007 17:38 utc | 19

The media finally wakes up! The 5-14-07 3:00 PM news break on NPR included the supposed al-Qaida statement quoted by b above.

Posted by: Peter VE | May 14 2007 19:25 utc | 20

oh yes - these aq guys are very reliable partners of the pentagon - when you're in a fix they are always available & obliging

inondated in imbecility - of course the 'press' will buy it - hook, line & sinker

Posted by: remembereringgiap | May 14 2007 19:46 utc | 21

I spoke too soon. The NPR newsbreaks since 3:00 and ATC have not repeated the mention of the rape.

Move along now, nothing to see here.

Posted by: Peter VE | May 14 2007 20:32 utc | 22

I just found this website that somebody made to remember
Abeer and her family.

Posted by: Jane | May 15 2007 7:30 utc | 23

I just found this website that somebody made to remember
Abeer and her family.

Posted by: Jane | May 15 2007 7:30 utc | 24

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