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2 Iraqi Women Killed in Shooting by Security Convoy - New York Times

BAGHDAD, Oct. 9 -- Two women died here on Tuesday when their white Oldsmobile was riddled by automatic gunfire from guards for a private security company, just weeks after a shooting by another company strained relations between the United States and Iraq.

The guards involved in the Tuesday shooting were working for an Australian-run security company. But the people they were assigned to protect work under the same United States government agency whose security guards sprayed bullets across a crowded Baghdad square on Sept. 16, an episode that caused an uproar among Iraqi officials and is still being investigated by the United States.

In the Tuesday shooting, as many as 40 bullets struck the car, killing the driver and the woman in the front seat on the passenger side. A woman and a boy in the back seat survived, according to witnesses and local police officials in the Karada neighborhood, where the shooting took place on a boulevard lined with appliance stores, tea shops and money changers.[...]

A priest and relatives near the scene said that all of the people in the car were Armenian Christians, who make up a small minority group in Iraq. The Oldsmobile was shot once in the radiator, witnesses said, in front of a plumbing supply store as it approached a convoy of white sport utility vehicles 50 yards away.

As the car kept rolling, a barrage of gunfire suddenly tore through its hood, roof and windshield, as well as the passenger side.

Interesting that the Times makes such a point of the Oldsmobile, and buries the religion/ethnicity way far down. The other reports in US media I've seen feature the word "Christian" in the first or second graf.

Either way, a "now they're shooting our people" meme seems to be creeping in here.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:04:52 AM EST
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Jeniva Jalal has a name

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:46:17 AM EST
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a "now they're shooting our people" meme seems to be creeping in here

Iraq's Christians have been an endangered species pretty much since the 2003 invasion.

We have met the enemy, and it is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 04:50:59 AM EST
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But up to now the rentasoldiers have not been known for shooting Christians.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 06:23:05 AM EST
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"just weeks after a shooting by another company strained relations between the United States and Iraq."

Well sure,
as if the "government" of Iraq had any actual autonomy from it's contemporary, the U.S. government, to complain through diplomatic channels! The NY Times' subtle propaganda is lost on the vast majority of ignorant Americans who will read this and forget completely that they (America) are a brutal occupation force.

To say that I'm ashamed of my nationality is the understatement of the century.

by supersoling on Wed Oct 10th, 2007 at 06:42:07 AM EST
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