Tuesday, April 1
Liberating Iraqis...From Their Homes
IOUs for Looting
David Lindorff, Counterpunch, March 31, 2003
As the U.S. Army's Seventh Combat Support Group, a unit of the Third Infantry Division, moved northward in the Arabian desert west of the Euphrates River towards the town of Najaf on March 26, the commander, realizing his exhausted men faced shortages of food and water, was looking for a place of refuge. He found it in the form of two Bedouin families.
Drew Brown, reporter from Knight Ridder News Service who was embedded with the unit, reported that Col. John P. Gardner ordered the two families to leave their land and turn it over to his men. He reportedly gave them "receipts" for the tents, dogs, chickens, bowls, pots and other possessions they left behind--receipts that neither he nor anyone else could tell them how they could redeem--and sent them off "befuddled" into the desert. [...]