March 26, 2011
The Associated Press is reporting that the Pentagon will conduct missions in Libya’s urban areas:
Even as other nations begin taking a larger role in the international air assault mission in Libya, the Pentagon is considering adding Air Force gunships and other attack aircraft that are better suited for tangling with Libyan ground forces in contested urban areas like Misrata, a senior Pentagon official said Friday.
Navy Vice Adm. William Gortney told a Pentagon news conference that for a second consecutive day, all air missions to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya were flown by non-U.S. aircraft, and U.S. planes conducted about half the missions to attack Libyan air defenses, missile sites and ground forces. Qatar became the first Arab nation to join the effort, flying F-16s in support of the no-fly zone.
As Nick Turse wrote in his Bombs Over Baghdad: The Secret War in Iraq, it was extraordinarily difficult to find out how many bombs the Pentagon dropped on Iraq – and thus gauge how many civilians were killed by this secret bombing campaign.
It will likely be about the same in Libya.
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Thus it is hardly a surprise that Project Censored regards the death toll in Iraq one of its mot censored news stories.
“Over one million Iraqis have met violent deaths as a result of the 2003 invasion, according to a study conducted by the prestigious British polling group, Opinion Research Business (ORB). These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century—the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s,” the Project Cenosred website reports.
It is difficult for the American people to be outraged and ashamed of what its military has done in Iraq – and will now continue to do in Libya.
Mission accomplished for the establishment and the corporate media.