I’ll confine this post to a few items recently reported in the mainstream media:
A Pentagon probe into the death of Iraqi civilians last November in the Iraqi city of Haditha will show that U.S. Marines “killed innocent civilians in cold blood,” a U.S. lawmaker said Wednesday.
From the beginning, Iraqis in the town of Haditha said U.S. Marines deliberately killed 15 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including seven women and three children.
One young Iraqi girl said the Marines killed six members of her family, including her parents. “The Americans came into the room where my father was praying,” she said, “and shot him.”
Jerome Doolittle and Joyful Alternative point out two horrible stories appearing in regional newspapers.
From The Hartford Courant:
A Courant investigation has uncovered extreme examples of failures by the U.S. military to properly screen, treat and evacuate mentally unfit troops.
From the Harrisburg Patriot News:
[Tonya] Conway … unsuccessfully argued to a military review board that she was unfit for duty.
“I have a contract to fulfill,” she said. “I have to go. Their final word is I have to report or I will become AWOL.”
Conway said she has not recovered from her first tour in Iraq, with the Army in 2003. The smell of bodies and the shock of incoming fire still haunt her. She believes she has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
If soldiers mentally unfit for duties are knowingly sent into combat and thereafter commit the kind of atrocities that MSNBC tells us have happened already and likely will happen again, who is responsible? Who of us can say ’We didn’t know’? Tbogg asks “Now can we compare it to Vietnam’? I ask: Does anyone in Washington have any memory of what the world tried to accomplish at Nuremburg?