8/31/2005

Daily Kos: Breaking: 700 dead in Baghdad

Breaking: 700 dead in Baghdad
by lawnorder
Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 15:12:10 CDT

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Trampled, crushed against barricades or plunging into the Tigris River, more than 700 Shiite pilgrims died Wednesday when a procession across a Baghdad bridge was engulfed in panic over rumors that a suicide bomber was at large.
Most of the dead were women and children, Interior Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Adnan Abdul-Rahman said. It was the single biggest confirmed loss of life in
Iraq since the March 2003 invasion. Dr. Swadi Karim of the Health Ministry operations section said 769 were killed and 307 injured.

Tensions already had risen among the Shiite marchers because of a mortar attack two hours earlier near the shrine where they were heading. Then the crowd was slowed by barriers about a quarter of the way across the Two Imams Bridge, Interior Minister Bayn Jabr said on state-run TV.

769 Dead, 307 Hurt in Iraq Bridge Stampede - Yahoo! News

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Just a heads up

Not Really "Breaking" (4.00 / 2)

It's already on the front page.

by DHinMI on Wed Aug 31st, 2005 a

Update (none / 0)

more than 1,000 people killed and injured hundreds.

by hiley on Wed Aug 31st, 2005

At least (none / 0)

we know the National Guard is being put to good use out there. Everything seems to be going just great. Let's get that Condi-tution up and running, and tap that oil.

The grotesqueries never end.

by mrblifil on Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 15:12:03 CDT

More than 1,000 people killed, hundreds injured (none / 0)

Witnesses describe stampede horror
People who witnessed a stampede on a bridge in Baghdad that killed more than 1,000 people and injured hundreds of others have been speaking of scenes of mayhem.
Several survivors said the panic began quickly spreading among hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims after someone said a suicide bomber was in the crowd.

"We were on the bridge. It was so crowded. Thousands of people were surrounding me," Fadhel Ali, 28, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

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Most of them seem to have suffocated, many of the bodies had injuries caused from being pushed and shoved to the ground, where people would then tread on them
Hospital doctor
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4200496.stm

In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners. Albert Camus

by hiley on Wed Aug 31st, 2005

Jesus prayed for Mohammad (none / 0)

I almost diaried this earlier, so will add my thoughts to yours now.

The Iraqis who died in the stampede were celebrating the Night Journey and Ascension of Mohammad. The festival is important because it marks the formalisation of Islam as one religion for all men and also recognises the weakness of faith.

According to the Koran, Mohammad was collected by Gabriel and travelled with him from Mecca to Jerusalem at night (a journey that took over a moonth in those times). On arriving in Jerusalem, they ascended from the Dome of the Rock to heaven.

While in heaven Mohammad met Adam (who sorted his descendents according to whether their souls were good or bad) and then went on to meet Jesus, John, Joseph, Enoch, Moses and Abraham, who all prayed for Mohammad. Rising further through heaven, Mohammad came at last to God who gave him 50 prayers which would be required of the faithful. Moses advised Mohammad that his people would not bear such a burden, and sent Mohammad back to seek a reduction. After some haggling God finally sends Mohammad back down with 5 prayers - the same 5 prayers all Muslims say daily today.

Mohammad returned to Mecca by morning and told his followers of his journey the next day. Many derided him and persecuted him, and he was forced to leave Mecca.

The Night Journey and the Ascension test faith in the unseen. It also documents the oneness of all men before God, and the oneness of all faiths in Islam.

It is tragic that Iraqis seeking to celebrate their faith and their oneness with all men before God have been killed through violence, panic and dissention.

"Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

by LondonYank on Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 15:57:23 CDT

Daily Kos: Breaking: 700 dead in Baghdad

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