Friday, October 13, 2006
by Dahr Jamail
"The children are growing up in occupied Iraq – and they are resisting it.
"Americans are bad," said 11-year-old Mustafa. "They killed my family." His family was killed in Operation Phantom Fury of November 2004 as they tried to flee the city, teachers said. That operation killed thousands and destroyed much of Fallujah and towns around it.
"How can we teach them forgiveness when they see Americans killing their family members every day?" the teacher in the classroom who gave her name as Shyamaa asked. "Words cannot cover the stream of blood and these signs of destruction, and words cannot hide the daily raids they see."
For the headmaster, the idea of a clash of civilizations is not just an idea.
"The gap between civilizations is widening thanks to the U.S. administration's crimes against humanity all over the world," he said. "They seem determined to tear the world apart, and their footprints cannot be removed for the coming generations."
"They keep asking us to hand over resistance fighters to them," a farmer at a village in the area told IPS. "So that they can torture them in Abu Ghraib, Falcon base, Baghdad airport, and other detention centers." But resistance fighters are gaining support, not being handed over.
Resistance attacks often take the shape of a small car that appears from nowhere. The men inside attack U.S. tanks or trucks carrying soldiers and disappear fast. Local people never provide U.S. forces with information on where the men came from or where they went."