Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Fallujah to become concentration camp

The US military is discussing plans to turn the Iraqi city of Fallujah into a giant concentration camp. Most of the city's 300,000 residents were driven out by a massive US bombing campaign in the week prior to an invasion by 10,000 US marine and army troops on November 8.

The December 5 Boston Globe reported that US commanders plan to turn Fallujah into a “model city” : “Under the plans, {US} troops would funnel Fallujans to so-called citizen processing centers on the outskirts of the city to compile a database of their identities through DNA testing and retina scans. Residents would receive badges displaying their home addresses that they must wear at all times. Buses would ferry them into the city, where cars, the deadliest tool of suicide bombers, would be banned.”

The plans call for “all men to work, for pay, in military-style battalions”, the Globe reported, adding that: “To accomplish those goals, [US commanders] think they will have to use coercive measures allowed under martial law imposed last month by [puppet Iraqi] Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.”

I think we ought to rename Fallujah while we are at it. "Manzanar" has a nice ring to it. "Theresienstadt" might work, though it does not roll off American tongues as easily. And there's always "My Lai."


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