Wednesday, May 31, 2006

It Just Keeps Getting Worse

U.S. Troops Kill Pregnant Woman in Iraq

A young boy riding a bicycle looks across at a newly-erected warning sign put up Wednesday, May 31, 2006 on a road around 100 metres from the maternity hospital which Nabiha Nisaif Jassim, 35, a pregnant woman and her 57-year-old cousin Saliha Mohammed Hassan, were driving to for Jassim to give birth when they were killed in Samarra, Iraq Tuesday, May 30, 2006. U.S. forces apparently shot to death two Iraqi women, one of them pregnant, when they fired at a vehicle that failed to stop at an observation post in the town, Iraqi officials and relatives said. (AP Photo/Hameed Rasheed) [emphasis mine]
Why did they put up a new sign AFTER the shooting? Also, commenter over at Americablog, cadejo4, points out that the sign they put up "is not a highway checkpoint sign. It is a sign that would be found outside a coalition military base. The blacked-out portion may be the name of the base from which it was yanked. The checkpoint signs look like this:"

Now I don't know for certain that's the case with the signs, but it sounds about as SNAFU as the rest of this botched preventive war. From what I see, this shooting was unfortunate and more than likely avoidable, especially if the checkpoint was so poorly identified that they tried to play musical signs the next day to try and cover that fact up.

Again, I don't claim to be any kind of expert about these things, but it just seems common sense that if you're going to put a checkpoint in front of a hospital you would want to go overboard to let people know you are there. To not take into account that someone might be speeding up to a hospital and might not notice your signs sounds like yet another failure of leadership.

It reminds me of another horrible incident in Tal Afar last year. It also reminds me of the shooting of Sgrena.



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