Jul 2006
Iraq murder

How do you spell American attrocities in Iraq?

No one seems very comfortable with the allegations that our troops murdered innocent civilians. Today it was reported four more U.S. soldiers have been charged with the rape and murder of a young Iraqi woman and the killings of her relatives.

Shit happens in war; collateral damage happens. But is it premeditated murder, over reaction, stress fatigue resulting from repeated duty assignments, lack of training, ingrained propensity towards violence? Each case is different and needs to be investigated.

After the My Lai massacre of hundreds of unarmed
Vietnamese civilians, mostly women and children, on March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam war, was uncovered, some anti-war protesters began to call returning soldiers "baby killers." I hope no one will have the appetite for doing something like that again. Yet, as a country we can't ignore the incidents pilling up before our eyes.

Abu Gharib, extraordinary rendition, and torture at Guantanimo opened a lot of eyes regarding American policy towards captured suspects. The only hearts and minds you won over by the gruesome tactics we use are deviant psychopaths and ardent Bush-defenders.
The periodic news about atrocities committed by our troops has a troubling tone of pervasiveness. It is not just a few bad apples. It appears to be systemic. It sounds like these incidents were either supported or passively approved by commanding officers. When the initial investigations were conducted, they seemed to have been offhand and cursory at best.

"Collateral damage" and outright murders were bound to occur; it’s a war. At one point a year after the occupation started we were running out of bullets. Our soldiers fired millions of bullets somewhere at something.
The Financial Times published an article back in May 26, 2004 explaining, "A requisition last week by the Army Field Support Command, the service will need 300m to 500m more bullets a year for at least five years, or more than 1.5m a year for combat and training. And because the single army-owned, small-calibre ammunition factory in Lake City, Missouri, can produce only 1.2m bullets annually, the army is suddenly scrambling to get private defence contractors to help fill the gap."
"We're using so much ammunition in Iraq there isn't enough capacity around," said Eric Hugel, a defense industry analyst at Sephens Inc. "They have to go internationally."

That's a lot of lead our boys are spreading around.

It’s tough reporting, amidst all the recent patriotic fervor of 4th of July celebrations and Memorial Day parades, but whether we like it or not these things need to be explored.

It has to take some of the edge off the celebrations across the nation. Because somewhere down deep in almost everyone's heart, we know it is wrong to kill innocent people. And although we may want to believe that with smart bombs, and drones, only the bad guys get killed, we know that is not true. Thousands of innocent men women and children have been killed because of your occupation. Some off it was accidental and some of it was purposeful. None the less they are all dead with many more thousands of innocents, wounded.

Who is to blame?

You junior, are ultimately responsible for every death and every wound, because you ordered this war. You may have been given doctored evidence, but you wanted to believe it and didn't question it.

Whatever punishment is met out to guilty individuals in these cases is miniscule to what you should receive.

If you believe in God you'll have a special place in hell if you don't believe in God there will be a special place in the history books; under the word "atrocities."

From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: July 9, 2006 8:00:22 PM CDT
To: guzmatom@mac.com

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