31 Oct 2010
The brief report that appeared concerning this event, in the Australian ABC's website just now - which is what sent me here to see if it had come up - is utterly disgraceful. It focuses wholly on the Muslim dead and ignores the Christians.
The Guardian at least ran this headline: "Christian worshippers killed in Baghdad church raid".
ABC, channelling AFP/ Reuters: "Up to 24 killed in church hostage drama".
First paragraph of the Guardian report - 'ten churchgoers died along with police and soldiers after Iraqi forces stormed building where terrorists were holding hostages...At least 10 Christian worshippers were killed and about 30 wounded tonight...the raid also killed seven Iraqi soldiers and police officers".
And then when one reads down through the Guaridan article, one discovers that some of those deaths and woundings of the Christians were not 'crossfire' events during the final battle; it seems from the report that one of the jihadis threw a bomb into a room where many of the Christians had taken refuge, and that this took place *before* the church was stormed by the US and iraqi forces.
Now, having seen that version of events, let's compare it with what the ABCs regurgitation of the AFP / Reuters report says: 'the US military says up to 24 people were killed in a hostage drama...it said in a statement that seven Iraqi security forces were killed and between five and seven insurgents'.
Now, simple arithmetic says that if there were some 24 people dead, of which seven comprise Iraqi security forces and seven comprise 'insurgents', that that leaves ten *other* people dead...whom one must assume are the murdered Christians. The *wounded* Christians don't even get a mention!
One must assume that the murder of ten helpless, unarmed Christian churchgoers, and the wounding of thirty others, counts for less, with the AFP and Reuters reporters and those who, like the ABC, choose to repeat the AFP/ Reuters version of events, than the deaths of seven jihadist murderers and seven Iraqi security forces.