woensdag, augustus 18, 2004

Go report on a ribbon cutting at a new school in Kirkuk or you're dead

From The Australian:

"IRAQI police have threatened to kill every journalist working in the holy city of Najaf, where US forces are locked in a tense stand-off with Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army.

After a series of veiled warnings to leave on Sunday, two marked police cars pulled up at dusk outside the Sea of Najaf hotel on the outskirts of town, where Arab and Western journalists are staying.

Ten uniformed policemen walked into the hotel and demanded that the al-Arabiya, Reuters and AP correspondents go with them...A uniformed lieutenant then told the assembled journalists and hotel staff: 'We are going to open fire on this hotel. I'm going to smash it all, kill you all, and I'm going to put four snipers to target anybody who goes out of the hotel. You have brought it upon yourselves.'"

That's right! If you were off taking photographs of ribbon cutting ceremonies at all the US embassy fortifications - sorry, I mean schools and hospitals - we're building, then I wouldn't have to kill you. It's your own fault.