Skip to comments.What's the price of Iraqi lives?--US military is behaving more like Barbarian hordes
Posted on 05/22/2006 4:40:28 PM PDT by SJackson
We have witnessed enough to know that the US military is behaving more like Barbarian hordes than a well-trained army. Eyewitnesses, who insisted that Marines went on a rampage killing innocent Iraqi civilians to avenge the loss of their friend, have been proved right.
By Linda S. Heard , Special to Gulf News
Does man's inhumanity to man know no bounds? Last November, an IED (improvised exploding device) planted at a roadside near the Western Iraqi town of Haditha took the life of a US Marine. An official report of his death stated 15 Iraqi civilians had also died in the blast. It was a document based on a tissue of lies.
Eyewitnesses, who insisted that Marines went on a rampage killing innocent Iraqi civilians to avenge the loss of their friend, have been proved right. Their victims were not civilians standing around gleefully celebrating the demise of one of the hated occupiers. These were people asleep in their own homes; people who had nothing whatever to do with the incident.
Time magazine published this first hand account from nine-year-old Eman Waleed. "When the Marines entered the house, they were shouting in English. First, they went into my father's room, where he was reading the Quran, and we heard shots ? I watched them shoot my grandfather ? then they killed my granny." Her eight-year old brother was shot in the shoulder and a piece of shrapnel injured her leg.
The Marines turned their attention to two other homes that night. The first was devastated by a grenade that blew up a gas bottle in the kitchen before they turned their guns on three adults and four children. A family occupying the second house was shot dead after being herded into a closet. The Marines claimed they had come under fire from those homes. This has proved to be yet another cover-up.
"There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed those innocent people," said Congressman John Murtha commenting on the outcome of a military investigation. "Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."
While I appreciate John Murtha bringing this atrocity into the public spotlight, shame on him for making excuses for those murderers for that's what they are.
The poor things were under so much pressure they overreacted by slaughtering women and children? In the civilian arena, such a defence would be laughed out of court, the defendants carted off to death row or a secure mental institution.
Naturally, the Pentagon is outraged at the behaviour of this bunch of killers. Or is it? Cheryl Irwin, speaking on its behalf, says the military hasn't decided what action, if any, to take against the Marines in question.
An initial probe found that the Marines had not behaved maliciously and surviving family members were offered a shameful $2,500 for each of the 15 dead. Contrast this was with the millions offered to families of September 11 victims. Is $2,500 the worth of an Iraqi child in Washington's eyes?
One can only ponder over what the US army deems "malicious". In my book, wiping out entire families is about as malicious as it gets. We've heard how "battlefield combatants" were stuffed into airless containers in Afghanistan that were later shot through with bullets; the dead buried under desert sands as members of the US military looked on. We've seen the stomach churning pictorial evidence of physical and sexual abuses perpetrated by US guards at Abu Ghraib. "A few bad apples" they said, ignoring indications that orders had trickled down from on high.
We've listened to eyewitness testimony concerning the levelling of Fallujah where corpses were left in the street to be eaten by scavenging dogs and ambulances were prevented from reaching the sick and dying. We've heard how a family of five was shot while trying to escape the war-torn city by swimming across a river, and we are told that hundreds have died at the hands of trigger happy US soldiers manning checkpoints.
We've viewed with disbelief the video of a US marine callously shooting an alleged insurgent, while he was lying injured and comatose on the floor of a mosque. Unbelievably, the uniformed perpetrator received a rap on the knuckles while the reporter was deemed "unpatriotic" for making public the footage and torn to shreds by sections of the US media.
Then there was Tel Afar, where residents were ordered to leave, while those who stayed to protect their homes were collectively punished, their water and electricity cut. We've seen how doors were routinely smashed in, their occupants, including terrified small children, made to sit on the floor their hands bound behind their backs. It's the fog of war, they say.
We've surely witnessed enough to know that the US military is behaving more like a Barbarian horde than a well-trained, sophisticated force. Even so, its members are glorified at home in some cases with an almost religious fervour.
And all of this carnage to what end? Bringing democracy to Afghanistan? Bringing freedom to Iraqis? These claims would be laughable if they weren't so terribly tragic. The Taliban has regrouped in Afghanistan where the poppies bloom brighter than ever before, while Iraq is literally a bloodbath.
They call it a war against terror. The problem is the war is the terror with extremists from all over the world flocking to answer the call.
When the former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, angling to be a presidential runner 2008, was asked in 2004 whether he thought the deaths of Iraqi civilians should be commemorated, he answered with a question. "Would you prefer to see Saddam Hussain still in power?" Would he dare ask it today?
Linda S. Heard is a specialist writer on Middle East affairs. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Did Murtha come up with this or Kerry?
What country is Linda S. Heard a citizen of?
She's an American-bashing b**th!
I wouldn't believe anything that Murtha or Kerry or the libs have to say about our Military....
They are doing one heck of a job and don't this crap from us....
"IF YOU CAN'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, THEN PLEASE STAND IN FRONT OF THEM..."
If they can't cause us to lose the war, they'll have to try to pin the war-criminal tag on our men and women in the service.
Murtha, you are a worthless individual these days.
He does feed the mindset.
And to think, Murtha was "honored" today by receiving the JFK Profiles in Courage award. How how typical of the left in this country; he who calls our marines murderers and tells our country the solution to the war on terror is to cut and run, is the recipient of a "profile in courage" award. How disturbing -- bizzaro world is here.
A clue: Notice the spelling of fervor with a u.
Was it in the manner of "JENGIS" Khan?
Don't know. Her articles are well covered in the places you'd expect to find them. I think she writes from Athens. Citizen of the World?
Her eight-year old brother was shot in the shoulder and a piece of shrapnel injured her leg.
Inside the house?
We can only await the investigation, too bad there aren't any when the "insurgents" commit attrocities.
Just googling her name brings up alot of interesting items:
Linda S. Heard, ambiguous as usual Posted at 14:02 Usually, Linda S. Heard engages in outright falsehoods. This time, I'm having a hard time telling who's she's talking about in her opening rant in the Arab News...
"Linda S. Heard is a British specialist writer on Middle East affairs"
Just another anti-American BS artist.
She attacks her own premise since of course it didn't happen in the civilian arena. Refers to US Army while condemning Marines by name. Would take too long to address the multiple extreme biases displayed.
John Murtha's remarks were way off base, but even he never went as far as this lady has.
So this witch sites one as yet unproven instance of lawlessness by US troops and ignore the millions of ways US forces have extended themselves generously to help average Iraqis? So one act which will be punished if true, unlike happens with real barbarians such as the Al Qaeda trash who behead innocent civilian hostages and are treated as heroes among Arabs for doing so, cancels out all the times US military medics have treated children for free, all the times US army engineers have helped rebuild schools, hospitals and sewage systems, all the times an average GI has given up his MRE to feed a hungry child? Tell you what Ms. Heard...go screw yourself! No one else sure as hell ever will.
And by the way, why don't you go spend a week with the Al Qaeda trash who are sowing havoc throughout Iraq by blowing up innocent Iraqis. When they slam your ass into a burka and treat you like garbage, in this case it would be appropriate, get back to us then about who you find the real barbarians to be, if they don't first murder you for violating Islam by being a working woman.
This has John F'in Kerry written all over it.
Let's ask the foreign killers who are actually causing the problem.
Could you guys please stop hiding among and behind Iraqi women and children? This causes an awful lot of innocent deaths.
So we have Democrats in America conspiring with lefty Brits in Dubai to fire up anti-American sentiment amongst the English-reading Emiratis, Saudis, Bahrainis, Qataris, Omanis, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Malaysians, Indians, et al. Most of the educated people in the Gulf do read English better than they speak it.
And just in time for the Iranian phase. Thanks Colonel Murtha, you son of a bi . . .
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I wasn't there, but do you remember the Son Thang incident?
Another Murtha ping
Happened after I left in March 68.
Thanks for the link. I just finished the donation process at her site. Her campaign is now $25 richer due to Murtha's traitorous behavior. I hope she spanks his wrinkled old arse.
If it happened as the anti-American propagandist described, which is not yet proven, it only goes to show that this is a war. It's not to excuse the act to state unequivocally that atrocities occur in every war. If it happened in this case it would have been be pertinent to point out that it was an anomaly. But not to this virulently anti-American writer. Couldn't she get as exorcised at the wanton killing of many more Iraqis by fellow Iraqis and terrorists (insurgents)? Oh no, she facilely blames that on the Americans as well.
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 Guess she never read about Hulegu and the Mongols.
 Guess she never read about the Roman Army. And they were from the greatest civilization that existed at the time.
I wonder if Congressman Murtha is proud of his disgusting behavior that feeds the flames of American hatred by hacks like this writer. He is a disgrace.
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Linda Heard is a British editor, journalist and columnist currently based in Cairo where she is a correspondent for the English-language Saudi daily The Arab News. Besides the writers weekly column in the Gulf News and regular articles in Shindagah magazine, her political commentaries have been published in Ahram Weekly, the South China Morning Post, Athens News, Palestine Chronicle, CounterPunch, Alternet, Online Journal and Outlook India.
However, after many years spent in the Arab world, including Dubai - where she was the Editor of both the Emirates In-flight and the Dubai Airport publications - Linda has grown to love the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf. When I hear the hauntingly beautiful call of the muezzin, I know Im home, she is known to say.
IMO, she is bad news and appears to be very biased and is no friend of the United States. I didn't read anything that validated or proved what she has written is true. She is not going to accept anything positive about the Marines or the United States, and I am not going to accept anything she writes as being factual! She isn't worth spitting on if she was on fire.
And we have to decide if we're going to reward their anti-American efforts because we're mad about a pet issue or two, or if we're going to send a powerful message by defeating a 16-term Congressman.
Good point re Murtha hyping through use of term "cold blood." Is this guy demented?
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Oh piss off it was a joke from the south park movie
Then why haven't we sacked and raped Iran yet? I call BS.
We carried out a brilliant military campaign to get to "third base." But we are not going to win this war until we bomb the Sunni Triangle, and go through the rubble stone by stone to get rid of the vermin. To be polite we should drop leaflets and give them 72 hours to vacate. Otherwise by fighting this war with "one hand tied behind our backs," by waiting until we are shot at before firing back, and by failing to do what has to be done to win, we will go the same path as other recent initiatives such as Vietnam.
**Throws the BULLS%^ Flag on the field*** no Middleastern child would say this.
Your claim that our troops wait until being shot at is not accurate.
Thanks for the link. I just ponied up $20 for Irey. If everyone else here would do the same, we could make a real difference in November.
"...surviving family members were offered a shameful $2,500 for each of the 15 dead"
IMHO one Marine is worth more than any Iraqi, dead or alive.
Yes, I don't blame you and thanks for helping Ms. Irey.