November 8, 2005

The shadows flickered silhouettes across the room as the guests settled around with their evening meals.  One by one they crosses their feet under them as they settled on the pillows.  The shadows flickered silently.  Then someone spoke.

“There are no words to describe the sufferings on Fallujans,” bemoaned the cleric in trying to explain the inexplicable year later aftermath of the U.S. led invasion.

“Those boys were not terrorists.  We knew where they prayed, ate and slept.  They were the boys from our neighborhood and everyone was accounted for,” said Akhtar, followed by a silent whisper, “They were targeted to be killed.”