According to the legal analysis of murder on wikipedia's murder page:
To repeat, a common law murder is defined as the unlawful killing of a human person with malice aforethought if the defendant acts with any of the following states of mind:
(i) Intent to kill; (ii) Intent to inflict serious bodily harm; (iii) Reckless indifference to an unjustifiably high risk to human life (abandoned and malignant heart); or (iv) Intent to commit a felony (felony-murder doctrine).
I know it's old news. But the May totals for civilian deaths in Iraq are up on Iraqbodycount.org:
MAY TOTAL: 752 CIVILIANS KILLED, INCLUDING 41 CHILDREN, 63 BY US FORCES
Do the 63 fall under condition iii above?
Meanwhile, Lily Hamourtizadou reminds us this week that in all the careful tracking of violent civilian deaths in U.S. occupied Iraq, we mustn't forget all those who have been injured in what is now the most violent nation on earth. 11,000 injured during the first 5 months of 2008. Including
Abu Shahd, a wage earner from Baghdad's al-Doura area who found himself partially paralyzed after a stray bullet struck him in the back and severed his spinal cord.
Speaking to Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI), Umma Shahd, his wife, said, "He used to be quiet and he did love his job, but after the accident, he became high-strung and turned our life into a living hell."
Faris al-Ubeidi, a social researcher, pointed out that the disabled are ‘the most marginalized sector in Iraqi society’ (Voices of Iraq 24 May).
Global Peace Index recently released their rankings of countries for 2008. Iraq has slipped to the very bottom of the list--the least peaceful, most violent nation on the face of the planet. Here's to American exports.
Frak Cancer and war. Or in the words of the much aligned Jermiah Wright: God damn America.