"You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out." - William Tecumseh Sherman

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
  The Unknown Soldier
I first saw the "clip" of this video on The O'Reilly Factor last night. The AP reports:
The U.S. military is investigating the videotaped fatal shooting of a wounded and apparently unarmed Iraqi prisoner by a U.S. Marine in a mosque in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, a Marine spokesman said.

---snip---

On the video, as the camera moved into the mosque during the Saturday incident, a Marine can be heard shouting obscenities in the background, yelling that one of the men was only pretending to be dead.

The video then showed a Marine raising his rifle toward a prisoner lying on the floor of the mosque. The video shown by NBC and provided to the network pool was blacked out at that point and did not show the bullet hitting the man. But a rifle shot could be heard.

The blacked out portion of the video tape, provided later to Associated Press Television News and other members of the network pool, showed the bullet striking the man in the upper body, possibly the head. His blood splatters on the wall behind him and his body goes limp.

Sites [from NBC] reported a Marine in the same unit had been killed just a day earlier when he tended to the booby-trapped dead body of an insurgent.
It is shameful to see one of our soldiers, risking his life in Fallujah, being subject to such presumptuous scrutiny. This is all the more disgusting in light of the fact that the enemy our soldiers are facing have feigned death and feigned surrender, only to attack when our guard is down. The minute that such tactics are used against us, our policy should immediately be, "Shoot first, ask questions later."

In a wider context, this really amplifies my opinion that it was a waste time to "invade" Fallujah. We should have decimated it aerially, wiping out every living creature in the city. This would have saved the lives of the soldiers who are now dead, prevented the injuries to our wounded and prevented many of the "insurgents" from escaping. It also would have delivered a devastating message to the country, that no mercy would be shown to those who fight against the USA. Those who would initiate force against us, will find it reciprocated upon them a thousand-fold.

If we ever wish to be secure in the USA again, it will only happen when we proudly broadcast that message with both words and deeds.
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:33 AM


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