Saturday, September 24, 2005

Hart Viges

Andrew Buncombe, in The Independent (UK) 24 September 2005, reports that the chilling testimony of an American soldier has fueled anti-war demonstrations in Washington and London.

Hart Viges has told how indiscriminate fire from US troops is likely to have killed an untold number of Iraqi civilians.

"I don't know how many innocents I killed with my mortar rounds," Mr Viges said at American University in Washington.

Viges spoke of an order to open fire on all taxis in the city of Samawa.

A report published last year in The Lancet suggested that up to 100,000 Iraqis may have lost their lives.

The Independent points out that US Polls suggest that 60 per cent now believe the war was wrong.

A majority in the UK also oppose the Iraq war.

According to The Independent:

"Not since August 1968, the high point of the opposition to the war in Vietnam, has there been a majority of people in America who believe that an ongoing conflict was wrong.

"That historic turning point in public opinion came seven months after North Vietnamese forces launched the devastating Tet Offensive, as the divided Democratic Party Convention in Chicago was choosing Hubert Humphrey rather than Eugene McCarthy as its presidential candidate and 10,000 anti-war protesters fought pitched battles with police in the streets."


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