Thursday, June 30, 2005

U.S. Accused in Iraqi Journalist's Death

U.S. troops allegedly killed an Iraqi television director Tuesday when he drove near a U.S. convoy, colleagues and a hospital official said. The U.S. military said it had no reports of the incident. Ahmed Wael Bakri, a program director for al-Sharqiya television, was the third Iraqi journalist allegedly killed in similar incidents in the past week.

The list of journalists killed in Iraq is long. An amazing number of them died by American hands. And of course there are a bunch we have shot at but either missed or merely wounded -- Giuliana Sgrena, for one.

Seems to me that there are only two ways of looking at this: either the US really is trying to whack as many journalists as it it can, or the violent deaths of 45 non-combatants really was an accident - which must mean that Iraqi civilians are getting mowed down in huge numbers, but we don't hear about the bloodshed unless the victim is employed by a news outlet.


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