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July 9, 2007

War Crime or "Political Correctness?"

-- by Dave Johnson

This Firedoglake story links to the site DEFEND OUR MARINES. The site writes about what happened in Fallujah - and advocates defending the Marines that did it!

...the ROE [rules of engagement] at Fallujah was "liberalized" to allow fleeing Iraqis to be killed if they refused to stop. It was only the beginning. By the end of the fight the rules for killing insurgents were extremely liberal, Marines who were there agree. Fallujah gave a whole new meaning to the word, one of them said.

Marines openly admit killing every military age male they saw at Fallujah.

... A study released by the Pentagon two months ago revealed that the majority of contemporary Marines apparently agree with the way the Iraqis at Fallujah were handled. In a survey of U.S. combat troops in Iraq less than half of Marines responding said they would report a member of their unit for killing or wounding an innocent civilian. And the closer warriors were to the pointy end of things the more enthusiastic they seem to be about killing the perceived enemy without hesitation. Only 38 percent of Marines polled said noncombatants in Iraq should be treated with dignity and respect. [emphasis added]

The site says this is how this "war" has to be fought, and complains about the "political correctness" of those who are against such tactics.

Posted by Dave Johnson at July 9, 2007 3:13 PM

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Is inciting war crimes a war crime?

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 9, 2007 6:01 PM

That's "liberation" for you.

We should seriously discuss openly the appropriate punishment for waging aggressive war. This is the kind of situation where the death penalty seems too kind.

Posted by: John M 307 [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 9, 2007 10:00 PM

This kind of thing is going to happen when you're in a situation where anyone could be the 'enemy' and the only way to 'win' is to kill everybody.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 10, 2007 8:01 AM

My nephew's Marine unit ships out in a couple of weeks. I'd like to make sure before he goes that bravery means more than just random killing.

Posted by: Lex [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 16, 2007 1:43 PM

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