The editors at the Associated Press seem hell-bent on giving credence to those who support terrorists, as evidenced by the caption they placed on a picture of a dead child allegedly taken following a raid into Sadr City on October 21, an area into which Iran is pouring money and weapons.
The Associated Press needs to stop playing judge in these events, by putting captions on pictures that say things like “The body of Ali Hamed, who was killed in a raid in Baghdad by U.S. troops…” and showing the naked form of what they say is a dead child.
The wording is nebulous to be sure, but the allegation is there that the child was killed by the U.S. troops. And the writers at the AP are masterful writers – it is nearly unfathomable that this wording was not used intentionally to lead the reader to believing that American troops sought out and killed this child during the raid.
I would like the editors at the Associated Press to explain why they said that child was killed by U.S. troops, without any way of knowing which side’s bomb or bullet might have caused the death. All accounts say there were three heated gun battles when American soldiers went in to the area under the control of Shiite militias, and that the troops were under attack from rocket guided grenades, and an attempt was made to kill them with a bomb planted at alongside their escape route.
Why did the Associated Press not instead stress the fact that the troops were put under heavy fire as soon as they entered the area, when allegedly the militias in that area have been ordered to stand down by their (unelected) religious leader? That’s where the weight lies in this story, and to this picture. The child was killed during an exchange of gunfire, missiles, and rockets. The U.S. is not solely to blame for this family’s loss.
Has the Associated Press asked the question “How did a bomb get put in place so quickly along the American troops’ escape route?” Who placed that bomb? Who saw it being put there? Those are important questions, and I am sure the troops in Iraq are seeking out those enemies, as well.
Another question to the AP: If this child was killed by a bomb blast or bullets, why is there not one visible scratch?
Our soldiers were attacked from surrounding buildings and rooftops as soon as they entered the area, and they returned fire, which means the weapons were in place when they entered Sadr City, ready for use.
The people occupying those buildings must know that there are AK-47’s, ammo, and RPG’s in the places they live. Those “innocent” civilians are aiding and giving succor to the enemies of the elected Iraqi government, and to the enemies of the United States of America.
Please report the news, instead of giving emotional support and aid to enemies of the United States.