Fresh Nadirs In Useful Idiocy

In Iraq, the Islamo-Nazis daily reach fresh nadirs in human savagery. I thought the suicide bomber who blew up scores of Shia teenage girls (simply because they were students) had achieved an unmatchable barbarity, but I was wrong.Last weekend, two Down’s syndrome girls were deployed as unwitting suicide bombers in Baghdad’s pet-market, where their remote-controlled bombs killed 74.

Kevin Myers. The story about the two Down’s syndrome girls appeared in many media outlets. The Guardian reported it thus:

Remote-controlled explosives were strapped to two women with Down’s syndrome and detonated in coordinated attacks on two Friday morning markets in central Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 73 people and wounding nearly 150.

The sources for the Down’s syndrome claim cited in the report were: ‘the chief Iraqi military spokesman in Baghdad, Brigadier General Qassim al-Moussawi’, ‘The US ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker’, ‘US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice’.

However, omitted from the Guardian report, and many of the other reports on the bombing which repeated the claim about the Down’s syndrome women, were comments issued by Bob Lambourne, director for the forensic services for the British embassy in Baghdad:

A British forensic expert cautioned, however, that suggesting the two bombers suffered from Down syndrome based on photographs of their severed heads was “dangerous.” He noted that the heads would have suffered massive trauma when the bombers’ explosives detonated.

Lambourne, who helped open Iraq’s National Forensics Institute in Baghdad last year, said the violent explosion that rips a head from its neck would also affect muscles, bones and arteries and could distort the face. The explosion likely would exert pressure on the face similar to G-forces experienced by pilots, Lamburne said.

“It would be dangerous to make that conclusion based on photos,” he said of Down syndrome speculation.

It hardly needs saying that any bomb whose objective is the slaughter of civilians is reprehensible, manifestations of ‘human savagery’, as Myers calls it. But what is happening here? There is no conclusive evidence at all that the women who carried the bombs -assuming we can trust the detail that it was indeed women- had Down’s syndrome. Yet since the occupying power and its agents claim that it is true, newspapers reflexively report it as fact.

Columnists like Myers then pick up on ghoulish details like these, put forward by agencies that have a specific interest in making the bombers look as depraved as possible in order to highlight the uniquely evil nature of the enemy and by extension, the inherent righteousness of the US imperial project in Iraq. They are, in a term they themselves are wont to use, useful idiots.

(As a side note, the accusative verbal imagery employed in Myers’s piece: ‘spineless’, ‘jellyfish’, ‘spineless mass of indeterminate protoplasm’, ‘Euroflaccidity’ – strikes me as a case of projective erectile dysfunction.)

Advertisements

3 Responses to “Fresh Nadirs In Useful Idiocy”


  1. 1 dav February 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Dear Michael Howard,

    I notice in your latest piece, re-published by the Irish Times via the Guardian service, ‘At least 50 killed, 40 wounded in insurgent attacks in Iraq’ that you state matter of factly: ‘the suicide bombings in Baghdad in which women with Down syndrome were used.’ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/11/iraq]

    Has any further evidence beyond that provided by the US Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Hammond – unreleased photos of the bombers heads – been uncovered?

    Because on the 3rd February “Hammond acknowledged that authorities had yet to identify the two women and that there was no other evidence of their mental condition.”

    And since Bob Lamburne, director of forensic services for the British embassy, “who helped open Iraq’s National Forensics Institute in Baghdad last year, said the violent explosion that rips a head from its neck would also affect muscles, bones and arteries and could distort the face. The explosion likely would exert pressure on the face similar to G-forces experienced by pilots. “It would be dangerous to make that conclusion based on photos,” he said of Down syndrome speculation.” [http://www.columbiatribune.com/2008/Feb/20080203News021.asp]

    And Reuters noted only yesterday that “[n]either U.S. nor Iraqi officials have produced definitive evidence that the market bombers suffered any mental impairment.” [http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L10400113.htm]

    To question the official version of events in this case is not to minimise the shocking nature of the remote suicide bombing.

    Yours sincerely,

    http://members.boardhost.com/mediabite/msg/1202751802.html

  2. 2 dav February 19, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Dear,

    thanks for the note.

    I agree that we should have been a little less definite, saying that Downs Syndrome women were “allegedly” used in the attack, or some such wording.

    I believe that this was an editing oversight rather than a deliberate
    attempt to mislead.

    best wishes,

    Michael Howard

    http://members.boardhost.com/mediabite/msg/1202807904.html


  1. 1 …and no news in the truth « Most Sincerely Folks Trackback on February 22, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




I on Twitter

February 2008
M T W T F S S
« Jan   Mar »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829  

%d bloggers like this: