Friday, October 9, 2009

|| Satyameva Jayate || - The most incredible, calculated thing since the Nazis in Poland

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    • The column…never ends, day or night. It has been four months since civil war broke out…and the refugees still pour in. No one can count them precisely, but officials (estimate) that they come at the rate of 50,000 a day. Last week the estimated total passed the 7,500,000 mark. Should widespread famine hit…as now seems likely…the number may double before the exodus ends.
    • Says one doctor: “The people are not even crying any more.”

      Perhaps because what they flee from is even worse. Each has his own horror story of rape, murder or other atrocity…One couple tells how soldiers took their two grown sons outside the house, bayoneted them in the stomach and refused to allow anyone to go near the bleeding boys, who died hours later. Another woman says that when the soldiers came to her door, she hid her children in her bed; but seeing them beneath the blanket, the soldiers opened fire, killing two and wounding another. According to one report…50 refugees recently fled into a jute field near the…border when they heard a…army patrol approaching. “Suddenly a six-month-old child in its mother’s lap started crying,” said the report. “Failing to make the child silent and apprehending that the refugees might be attacked, the woman throttled the infant to death.”

      The evidence of the bloodbath is all over…Whole sections of cities lie in ruins from shelling and aerial attacks….naked children and haggard women scavenge the rubble where their homes and shops once stood….a city of 40,000, now looks, as a World Bank team reported, “like the morning after a nuclear attack.”

      …Estimates of the death toll in the army crackdown range from 200,000 all the way up to a million. The lower figure is more widely accepted, but the number may never be known. For one thing, countless corpses have been dumped in rivers, wells and mass graves…

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    • Commented one high U.S. official last week: “It is the most incredible, calculated thing since the days of the Nazis in Poland.”

      From a TIME Magazine report dated August 1971. Read the full report here.