Sunday, May 01, 2005
On this day:

Belgium Has Not Paid Us Since WWII

Belgian Doctors Bill U.S. for Treating Iraqi Girl Hiba Kassim, the 15-year-old Iraqi girl injured two years ago by a U.S. cluster bomb, sits on a luggage cart before her departure to Iraq, from Brussels international airport, April 28, 2005. Kassim underwent surgery in Belgium to repair damage done to her legs, the bill for which has been sent to the U.S. embassy.
Belgian doctors sent an Iraqi girl home on Thursday after treating her for leg wounds caused by a bomb during the U.S. invasion -- and sent the 51,570 euro ($66,650) bill to the U.S. embassy. "We haven't heard from them yet," said Bert De Belder, coordinator of the humanitarian agency Medical Aid for Third World which brought the girl to Belgium. "I'm curious to know their reaction," he told Reuters. "We're giving them 10 days to respond ... I don't think they will pay it." The girl, 15-year-old Hiba Kassim, smiled to reporters as she waited for her flight to Jordan to meet her father. "Thank you, Belgium," she said.
Because we really intended to injure anyone. Keep waiting. Thanks to Opinion Journal.