The Iraqi Red Crescent, the same group that sees its vehicles used in suicide blasts, is calling the US military the “biggest threat” to the organization.
The vice president of the Iraqi Red Crescent blasted US troops serving in Iraq today claiming they are more of a threat than insurgent attacks:
Harassment from U.S. forces is a greater threat to the work of the Iraqi Red Crescent than insurgent attacks, a senior official of the Red Cross-linked humanitarian organization said Friday.
Dr. Jamal Al-Karbouli, vice president of the Iraqi Red Crescent, said some U.S. forces appeared not to realize that the society, which uses as its symbol the Muslim red crescent instead of the red cross, was part of the international humanitarian movement.
“The main problem we are facing is the American forces more than the other forces,” Al-Karbouli told reporters in Geneva. “We are spending a lot of time to explain about the Red Crescent.”
What’s strange is that this is such a far cry from how the Iraqi Red Crescent felt last year. In November of 2005 the group donated over a million dollars to the US Katrina Fund as In the Bullpen reported.
But, who is really the threat to whom?
Back in October 2003, insurgents allegedly were using Red Crescent vehicles in suicide car bombings that killed at least 10 Iraqis:
In the most serious attack, a car packed with explosives blew up near security barriers outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (ICRC). U.S. General Mark Hertling told reporters that the attack was a suicide bombing.
“A vehicle-borne explosive device attempted to get close to the International Red Cross/International Red Crescent building,” Hertling said. “It was stopped by the Iraqi [Facility] Protection Service and the Iraqi police and the suicide bomber decided that he wouldn’t try and get closer, so he touched off the bomb away from the building.”
Hertling said up to 10 Iraqis were killed and about 10 injured in the explosion. He said the vehicle used in the bombing may have had Red Cross markings on it. “It looked like a panel van,” he said. “Early indicators that we are receiving is that it actually had the Red Crescent markings on it. So they were using a Red Crescent/Red Cross truck, a humanitarian-aid truck, to do this, and it looks like some of the other cars that were damaged were also Red Cross vehicles.”
It wouldn’t be a stretch to believe General Mark Hertling. After all, radical Islamists have been using ambulances for transportation and terror attacks for years as Michele Malkin noted back in her August 30, 2006 column.
And, HERE are two different videos of UN ambulances helping to transport armed Islamic militants.
This story stinks.
Maybe, it was the fact that the IRC leader was in Europe that he felt he needed to blast the US. Regardless, it’s a ridiculous and baseless accusation especially when several aid workers have been murdered in Iraq by insurgents.