After John McCain and the hundreds of soldiers left the market, that evening, as the market workers went home, twenty one were grabbed and killed:
In another brutal attack, suspected militants massacred a group of 21 Shia workers overnight after laying an ambush north of Baghdad.Travelling in three minibuses, the workers were abducted on the main road out of Baghdad to neighbouring Diyala. The 21 Shias, together with six Kurdish colleagues still missing, worked in Shorja market of Baghdad.
Medics said their handcuffed and blindfolded bodies were found near a water treatment plant in Morariyah village after daybreak.link
… 21 Shia market workers were ambushed, bound and shot dead north of the capital. The victims came from the Baghdad market visited the previous day by John McCain, the US presidential candidate, who said that an American security plan in the capital was starting to show signs of progress.
The US Army knows of this kind of problem, and has previously taken steps to avoid reprisals on Iraqis:
The Wall Street Journal reports today that Iraqi businessmen are in a tough situation: they need American funds to restart their businesses, but if anyone knows they’re getting U.S. cash they run the risk of being shot or blown up. Capt. Dan Cederman came up with an answer to this dilemma last year while he was talking with the owner of a vocational school that was receiving U.S. reconstruction funds:
With the work well under way last fall, Dr. Noori asked Capt. Cederman to see the renovations for himself, both men say. But the Iraqi stressed the importance of keeping the U.S. role secret. “Can you come in without anyone seeing you come in?” Dr. Noori remembers asking….”I thought, ‘Why don’t we just raid the place?’ ” Capt. Cederman recalls.
….The U.S. raid took place last September. Dr. Noori, who had been alerted to the timing, stayed home the day of the strike to prevent his workers from finding out that he knew many of the soldiers….The ruse worked so well that Capt. Cederman decided to carry out a similar raid last month at the printing plant here that had been fixed up with U.S. funds.
Yesterday I called for John McCain to quit the presidential race and consider retiring from public service.
Today I repeat that call, and suggest that he owes an apology to his constituents and to the people of Iraq.