Thursday, June 01, 2006

Cheney' World: Violence, Anger, and Hatred

Mr. Arkin gets into detail about the Haditha incident and the new "core values" training that the Pentagon is forcing all the troops in Iraq to take. Mr. Arkin makes a good observation:

In Baghdad, the U.S. military has announced that it will interrupt the killing to conduct across-the-board "core values" training. This is a hapless and hollow gesture. Haditha either represents an exceptional incident perpetrated by the rage of a platoon of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines and as such does not necessitate a sensitivity class for the American military at large or it represents a hidden side of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where civilian deaths are all too common and accountability on a day-to-day basis doesn't exist.
and much like in Afghanistan, shown so clearly by the accident that killed 3 people and the aftermath with American soldiers firing into the crowds and killing an additional 4, so in Iraq, Americans are abrasive and violent:
The incident in Hadithah hasn't lost the war, nor even undermined the hearts and minds in the country. The assumption on the "street" in Iraq is already that the U.S. military is trigger happy, that it is already indiscriminately killing civilians, that it is unaccountable. Iraq's own ambassador in the United States tells the story of one of his 21 year old cousins being killed in cold blood by Marines in the very town of Haditha during a search of the family home.
This is Cheney's world. Violence and anger and hate. Is this what America wants?


At 6/01/2006 05:31:00 PM, Blogger Trude said...

what scares me are the many who willingly support the slaughter (they were soldiers doing the best they can .. gulp) and even scarier are those who refuse to believe it ! "our soldiers would not do that, I refuse to believe it, those civilians must have been terrorists and provoked them" ..

when will people get their heads out of the clouds ?

The guys who committed this act, are not soldiers ..


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