Seven years Ago: Margaret Hassan: Victim of Operation Iraqi Liberation

Linked on our blogs with Margaret Hassan, Ireland-England-Iraq (1945 – 2004?). – Published on Global, by Felicity Arbuthnot, October 19, 2011.

Margaret Hassan, who was kidnapped seven years ago today and shot by her kidnappers little over three weeks later, probably on 14th November, has vanished without trace. Even in the horrors of the Iraq invasion, the unprecedented violence unleashed in a place previously of remarkable safety – unless anti-regime politics were indulged in – her disappearance is extraordinary. Terrible things have been engendered by the US/UK intervention. Yet of the possible million and a half dead, most have been traced – or even horrifically thrown in to family yards, or on to lawns, terribly murdered. Or found in morgues, shallow hasty graves, or by tip off.

Margaret Hassan, Head of CARE International, had lived through Iraq’s wars and tribulations for thirty years. When she was kidnapped, the terribly disabled from the spinal chord clinic, her last project, hobbled with any aid they could find, on to the street to demonstrate for her release. Hindsight in this case is useless, nothing new can be pieced together, except the refusal of help from the British and American authorities, as with British engineer Ken Bigley, beheaded shortly before. Irish born Margaret pleaded to the British government, in the last but one searing tape of her, where ever she was being held:

“Please, please help me. Please help me. This might be my last hours. Please help me. Please, the British people, ask Mr. Blair to take the troops out of Iraq and not to bring them here to Baghdad. That’s why people like Mr. Bigley and myself are being caught, and maybe we will die. I will die like Mr. Bigley. Please, please, please, the British people, please help me.”

This desperate plea of the bravest of women, fell on deaf Whitehall ears … (full text).


IRAQ:Thinking the Unthinkable: Was Margaret Hassan sacrificed by the British Government, by Felicity Arbuthnot, June 10, 2006;

Kenneth Bigley … who was kidnapped in the al-Mansour district of Baghdad, Iraq on 16 September 2004, along with his colleagues Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong …;

Foreign hostages in Iraq;

Not on wikipedia’s USA-list: Marla Ruzicka, USA (1976 – 2005) death in Baghdad.

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