US Troops to Learn Not to Kill Babies and 76-Year-Olds

After recognizing that the Marines in Haditha “suffered a total breakdown in morality and leadership”, the US military commanders in Iraq said troops would get ethics training. Part of the training would be to learn not to bust their way into an unarmed civilian’s house and kill babies and 76-yuear-olds.

This training program has been organized after the US Marines killed as many as 24 Iraqi civilians; apparently in retaliation to a roadside bomb, which killed one of their counterparts. Out of those killed were a 76-year-old amputee and a one-year-old baby.

After having done so, the Marines fabricated a story saying 15 civilians were killed in the roadside bomb. Another Marine version of this story states that the civilians were inadvertently killed in a running battle with the insurgents. Evidence from a study by Time magazine suggests none of these accounts is true and that military officials tried to hide this massacre.

I can imagine no state of affairs to be more shameful for the troops of a country which styles itself as the protector of human rights and which invades a country promising democracy, safety and better lives. And apart from my disagreements with the administrative hierarchy of this war, I can’t understand why an average American still believes the troops are ‘protecting’ the nation against WMDs. Is it that it seems the ‘dimwit’ Bush is not that dimwit at all after having displayed this marvelous show of misleading America by skillfully manipulating his propaganda machines?

Or is it that I am a dimwit myself not having been able to understand that in Capitalism, money is everything, and with all the oil cash flowing into Bush’s CGI account, he is no smarter than anyone else not to heavily grease the palm of media opportunists and hence lay out the matrix of ‘necessary illusions’?

You decide.

UPDATE: Evidence Emerge of Fresh Iraqi Massacre–This time it's a 6-month-old baby and its 76-year-old grandma.

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2 Responses to “US Troops to Learn Not to Kill Babies and 76-Year-Olds”

  1. 1 Abbas June 2, 2006 at 1:28 am

    There was a time when weapons were made only to pretect human being from beasts and help them hunt some animals to feed themselves. But today in class based system (capitalism) the upper class use weapons and powers only to protect their interests and control the mass movement of lower class (workers). They will not improve the conditions of people, if there is no interest. In system of Capitalism, as my friend mentioned, money and wealth is every thing. The norms and values mean nothing to capitalists.

    The system, which is based on self interets, is reponsible for the worst condition of Iraq, Afghanistan and every other countries.

    We (people) can have better lives only when we fight against this system. We should start fighting in the favour of the interests of people. And should struggle for a society where general benefits of mankind is the only purpose of every policy. This is the one and only way. Others ways lead towards barbarism and destruction. If we keep these things in minds, soon we will have a society with out masters and slaves.

  2. 2 Jamie Stern-Weiner June 2, 2006 at 3:27 am

    Yes, I agree – it is shameful. The actions of the troops were shameful. The attempted coverup by the military was shameful. But what should be stressed is that this is not just about the troops – it was not they who introduced the complete lack of concern for Iraqi life. It was the administration that did that – remember the ‘shock and awe’ tactics used in Fallujah? The troops should not be made a scapegoat – the problem goes much higher.

    PS. did you read about the latest (possible) US massacre?

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