Images From The War in Iraq

  1. Images From The War in Iraq

    Refugees from Fallujah are miraculously receiving donations of food, medicine, blankets and heaters with money from an international organization

    More scenes from a Baghdad refugee camp for Fallujans

    ..."We contact a sheikh for permission to talk to some of the families. He greets us then says, "You can see how much we have suffered. We have 97 families here now, with 50 more coming tomorrow. People are kidnapping refugee children and selling them."

    A 35 year-old merchant from Fallujah, Abu Hammad, starts telling us what he experienced, and barely breathes while doing so because he is so enraged.
    "The American warplanes came continuously through the night and bombed everywhere in Fallujah! It did not stop even for a moment! If the American forces did not find a target to bomb, they used sound bombs just to terrorize the people and children. The city stayed in fear; I cannot give a picture of how panicked everyone was."

    He is shaking with grief and anger. "In the mornings I found Fallujah empty, as if nobody lives in it. Even poisonous gases have been used in Fallujah-they used everything-tanks, artillery, infantry, poison gas. Fallujah has been bombed to the ground. Nothing is left."

    Several men standing with us, other refugees, nod in agreement while looking at the setting sun, the direction of Fallujah"....
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Fluesy
    [font=Comic Sans MS]Thank-you. I do believe that this is the truth of Iraq but there are those who will look upon these images and say "why is only bad news being posted". The real truth is that there are those who so fervently wish for the "welcomed with roses" story that they will ignore all others and when a tiny ray of hope in the absolute mess that is Iraq is unearthed they shout "See! See! We were right! All is well and it is only the evil Liberal Media that has withheld this truth and made things out to be worse than they are." [font=Comic Sans MS]Do they really believe that by just using the term "liberal media" they can make the truth go away? Perhaps for them they can. Denial can make a grown man see an oasis in a desert,
  4. by   bluesky
    Great post, spacenurse.

    You think there's enough affinity for a nurses for peace or nurses against the war group?
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    I just don't know.

    Many of us working for safe staffing think we were mislead into war without exhausting all options.
    Others of us think if we speak out against the war it somehow harms our troops. Many have family in the military serving in Iraq. (as do I)
    Some believe it was necessary.
    Many of us have changed or doubted our opinion. Often many times.
    Some of us don't talk about it at all.

    We are united in our struggle for safe, therapeutic, effective nursing care.
    We have made a lot of progress. I admire the nurses who write letters, send e-mails, make phone calls, attend demonstrations, and most of all object to any unsafe assignment.

    For just me I don't want hard feelings. I try to explain one on one why I think and feel what I do without even hoping to change anothers mind. People believe what they want to believe. I just don't want good people to support what I think is wrong because they don't have correct information.

    I attended peace demonstrations with nurses, some also nuns. Not as an organized nurses group though. The New Zealand Nurses Association and an English nurses group formally issued statements in opposition to the war in Iraq. I would certainly communicate with a nurses for peace group.