Mothers and children in the mass graves

South of Mosul, some of the mass graves being excavated contain the bodies of women and children murdered by Saddam Hussein, reports the BBC.

US-led investigators have located nine trenches in Hatra containing hundreds of bodies believed to be Kurds killed during the repression of the 1980s.

The skeletons of unborn babies and toddlers clutching toys are being unearthed, the investigators said.

. . . The victims are believed to be Kurds killed in 1987-88, their bodies bulldozed into the graves after being summarily shot dead.

One trench contains only women and children while another contains only men.

The body of one woman was found still clutching a baby. The infant had been shot in the back of the head and the woman in the face.

The Hatra site is one of 40 mass graves discovered so far.

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  1. “Mr Kehoe said that work to uncover graves around Iraq, where about 300,000 people are thought to have been killed during Saddam Hussein’s regime, was slow as experienced European investigators were not taking part.

    The Europeans, he said, were staying away as the evidence might be used eventually to put Saddam Hussein to death. “

  2. It’s instructive to note the part of the sentence you chose to italicize.

    I wonder how many of those 300,000 people would be alive today if the European countries that took Saddam’s Oil-for-Food bribes had taken part in toppling him?

    The Europeans, he said, were staying away as the evidence might be used eventually to put Saddam Hussein to death.

    I’m sure their refusal to help investigate Saddam’s crimes springs from moral considerations and not form worries about what deals Saddam might cut, ratting out who knows who, in an effort to avoid the Big Drop.

  3. Jack Tanner says:

    Those would be the nuanced Euros that POS Kerry is worried about ingratiating us to. This is some weird controversion of morality where condoning mass murder is more moral than confronting it.

  4. Mad Scientist says:

    Seems most of Europe had the same exact problem just about 60 years ago. The only difference was that Hitler was killing Jews, not Muslims.

  5. Cox and Forkum are timely.