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by dhjelm

Iraqi paramilitary forces in Basra fired mortars and machine guns Friday on about 1,000 Iraqi civilians trying to leave the besieged city, forcing them to retreat, British military officials and witnesses said.

And in other news: A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head."

This just in:Tony Blair was reportedly told before Saturday's war cabinet that the head of Baghdad's air defences had been sacked because his anti-aircraft missiles were falling back on the city. Musahim Saab al-Tikriti, a cousin of the Iraqi president, was replaced by a retired officer, General Shahin Yasin Mohammed al-Tikriti, because of the mistakes, which may have caused the deaths of scores of people at the two markets in as many days, Downing Street said.

How do reports like these, which show the Iraqi regime still adhering to its bloody tactics even in its waning days sway the populace? I wonder especially about those willing to defend the Iraqi regime and say the war is wrong and illegal.
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