Just like the release of the Abu Ghraib photos, after many months of reported abuses, came just as US forces lost their shirts (and soldiers) in the first battle of Fallujah, now we have the alleged Hassan murder and the release of footage of US soldiers killing a wounded, defenseless Iraqis inside a mosque in Fallujah in an effort to divert attention from the massacre of civilians in Fallujah and the large number of American lives its cost so far and justify long term deployment throughout the war-torn country.
Margaret Hassan, the 59 year old director of CARE international in Iraq was taken captive on her way to work in Baghdad on October 19, 2004 in a picture perfect operation. A videotape issued Oct. 22 and aired by Al-Jazeera showed her pleading for Britain to withdraw troops from Iraq.
As JUS reported at the time, based on information from reliable sources close to the Mujahideen in Iraq, the kidnapping of Margaret Hassan was an operation concocted by British agents inside the country, in an effort to divert attention away from the British troop deployment into Latifiyah. – a deployment that was required so that the Americans could strike Fallujah. The deployment of British troops at the time caused a great deal of commotion but was a deployment that Tony Blair was not at liberty to refuse on orders from his US masters.
Now, just as the public becomes outraged once again with the brutality of this escalating war, Margaret is allegedly killed by the nasty Muslims. In a statement released by the British Foreign Office, not Hassan’s family directly, relatives now say they believe “that Margaret is probably gone”.
“We had kept hoping for as long as we could, but we now have to accept that Margaret has probably gone, and at last her suffering has ended,” said a statement from Hassan’s four brothers and sisters.
“Those who are guilty of this atrocious act, and those who support them, have no excuses.”
Jihad Ballout, a spokesman for the Al-Jazeera TV network, told The Associated Press they received a videotape a few days ago. It shows a militant firing a pistol into the head of a blindfolded woman wearing an orange jumpsuit. “She was presumed to be Mrs. Hassan,” Ballout told The Associated Press. Presumption indeed.
The network said it was planning to show British officials the videotape but said they would not be airing the video to the public.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said that based on their experts’ examination of the video, “we have today had to inform Margaret Hassan’s family that, sadly, we now believe that she has probably been murdered, although we cannot conclude this with complete certainty.”
No body has been found and no group has claimed responsibility.
Sunni clerics who have been heading up the Resistance in Fallujah has said previously that they were not responsible Hassan’s kidnapping and at the time called for her release. Of the 150 foreigners captured by Mujahideen, few have been women with most being released and none have been killed, unlike the males who have been swiftly executed. Women are enjoined with special privileges in Islam and the Mujahideen are required to protect them under Shariah laws of Islam.
Iraq’s Mujahideen exposed the British insurance policy at the time of Hassan’s capture and has denied any JTJ involvement in the kidnapping. The kidnapping and now alleged murder of Hassan, who selflessly dedicated years of her life to help impoverished Iraqis, will send the message that the Iraqi Resistance is comprised of monsters and serial murderers. This is exactly the desired outcome of the release of news of Hassan’s alleged death at this critical juncture, when reports of bodies of dead women and children being eating by dogs in the streets of Fallujah and US soldiers killing unarmed and wounded civilians are surfacing.
While more bombs are dropping in the Sunni heartland, the logic to this latest public relations stunt is to justify that there can be no response other than “cleansing” the Sunnis from the face of the earth considering they are capable of such vial acts.
If her death is confirmed, Hassan would be the first woman to be killed by kidnappers in Iraq in a close encounter of the intelligence kind. Rest assured, her captors are not Muslim.
Courtesy News Watcher
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