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June 21st, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-06-21 13:51
  Subject:   A soldier explains US policy in Iraq.
  Music:Rage Against The Machine - Vietnow
  Tags:  iraq, politics, reddit, usa not worth saving

"We lost 135 guys, we can kill people now. We were ordered, when fired upon, hunker down, with radio, waiting for orders to return fire. In April, they told us, ‘in a crowded area, if one person shoots at you, kill everybody.’ Because, they are letting them attack you. They are no longer innocent if they’re there at the time of the crime. Sounds like a criminal rule. If your buddy commits a crime and you’re there, you caught up on charges on it. But these aren’t charges, these are DEATHS.

We’re killing people because they’re there when someone else attacked us, because we believe that if we kill enough innocent people, they will stop the people from attacking us. But what they don’t realize is, the people we killed, it was their brother, it was their uncle that was trying to kill us, because we already killed his three children.

You cannot meet someone in Iraq who has not lost a family member. Could you imagine what we’d have done in America if in 9/11 everybody in America lost a family member? Would we be TALKING about war? No, we’d be in the streets with weapons. And so people talk about, ‘these people killed an American soldier in Iraq, they’re terrorists.’ They’re not terrorists, they’re wearing sandals, and they got an AK, and they have 14 year old boys building bombs to kill those American soldiers because we’ve killed their family."


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