July 05, 2006
by: jovial_cynic
The day before the US Independence Day, the Washington Post reported that US soldiers raped and killed a 15-year old Iraqi girl, and then killed four members of her family (including a 7-year old child), and attempted to burn the bodies to cover up the act.

From the story:

U.S. soldiers at the scene initially ascribed the killings to Sunni Arab insurgents active in the area, the U.S. military and local residents said. That puzzled villagers, who knew that the family was Sunni, Janabi said. Other residents assumed the killings were sectarian, with Shiite Muslim militiamen as the likely culprit.

But on June 23, three months after the incident, two soldiers of the 502nd came forward to say that soldiers of the unit were responsible, a U.S. military official said last week. The U.S. military began an investigation the next day, the official said.

While many war-supporters will quickly write off this story as being leftist and liberal, the source of the information is, in fact, US Military officials; they're the ones that brought the story to the Associated Press.

According to a federal affidavit:

... Steven Green and three other soldiers from the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division had talked about raping the young woman, whom they first saw while working at a traffic checkpoint near her home.

On the day of the attack, the document said, Green and other soldiers drank alcohol and changed out of their uniforms to avoid detection before going to the woman's house, with Green using a brown T-shirt to cover his face.

I don't believe the US Military, as a whole, is in the business of killing and raping Iraqi civilians. But I do think that the military's aggressive recruiting campaign is drawing in the worst of the American population. In 2005, CBS News broke a story of recruiters encouraging a high-school student to lie and cheat in order to qualify for enlistment. Didn't graduate from high school? No problem. Drug habit? No problem. And while the recruiters in that incident were reportedly reprimanded, where does it end?

The military is currently reporting that it is meeting its recruiting goals... and now we have rapists and murderers among our troops.
np category: politics


Mark Glesne said:
"...the worst of the American population."

Spoken like a true liberal.

July 05, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Did you even read the post? I wasn't implying that all troops are the worst of the American population. I appreciate the traditional soldier's mindset -- that one that feels a call to defend their nation against real threats.

The second half of my post addressed the *recruiting efforts*, and how the standard was lowered in order to meet recruiting numbers, and that doing so has attracted unqualified individuals, and added to the ranks of decent soldiers people who really shouldn't be given a gun.

I don't think *that* particular opinion has any sort of political bend to it. I think that's just sound reasoning.

July 05, 2006

Mark Glesne said:
Soldier? Who are you calling a soldier?


July 05, 2006

jovial_cynic said:
Mark - you keep dancing with etymology.

Regardless, the English dictionary to define a soldier as "one who serves in an army," and defines army as "a large body of people organized and trained for land warfare." As your profile pic on your blog shows you equipped in such a way to make people assume that you belong to a large body of people organized and trained for land warfare, I think I'll just keep referencing you as a soldier.

July 05, 2006

Mark Glesne said:
You're too serious sometimes Cynic, too serious indeed.

Alas, I am not a soldier anymore than an airman or sailor is a soldier. I am a United States Marine. Call it semantics, call it childish word games - call it what you will. I wouldn't expect a civilian like yourself to appreciate the vast difference.

=) Keep laughing Cynic, I know you're having fun deep down.

July 05, 2006

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