The Halting Point

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Chilling video interview with Iraq veteran who killed children.

This is the saddest, most sobering video I have seen about the war in Iraq to date. A Ranger who was recently discharged for injuries talks about the atrocities he was ordered to commit by our government. He talks about how if someone they were interrogating wasn't giving them the answers they wanted, they'd shoot his youngest son in the head. He talks about how he was ordered to kill women and children pleading for their lives.

I'm wondering, at what point will our government turn the guns on those of us who are against the war at home?

After you've watched the interview, please support the members of IVAW by visiting the IVAW site and supporting them in any way you can. This war MUST end.

4 Comments:

  • My bullshit meter's pinned in the red. Following an illegal order is illegal and every military person knows this. Intentionally shooting a non-combatant is in and of itself illegal. Threatening the uninvolved relative of a combatant (much less actually injuring or killing him) is illegal.

    This soldier has admitted to multiple capital crimes and is begging for a chance to stand tied to a post as his comrades take aim.

    The correct action is to shoot the person giving such an order. Perhaps not the legal action, but as any experienced military person can tell you, a dead officer is much less dangerous than a bad one.

    By Blogger ReallyEvilCanine, at 5/23/2006 3:45 PM  

  • Interesting points. I'm not versed in military law at all, but you have to wonder with the blatant disregard for the law that this administration has shown thus far, would you really be THAT surprised if this really did happen?

    By Blogger Halting Point, at 5/24/2006 12:22 AM  

  • The Uniform Code of Military Justice 809.ART.90 (20), states that military personnel need to obey the "lawful command of his superior officer" and 892.ART.92 (1) the "lawful general order" [emphasis mine].

    When I was in boot camp this was drilled into our heads. The better part of a day was spent on the Geneva Convention, which beat the hell out of running and waxing floors.

    Military personnel have an obligation and duty to obey only lawful orders and therefore, to disobey unlawful orders, no matter who issues them.

    Most importantly -- as I wrote the first time -- this man is admitting to capital crimes. Shooting a civilian non-combatant who poses no threat is simple, clear-cut murder.

    By Blogger ReallyEvilCanine, at 5/25/2006 12:01 PM  

  • Interesting. It would seem that his training in boot camp by his own description was inclusive of Military codes for conduct and rules of engagement. I wonder at what point his 'training' changed... The movie "Manchurian Candidate' comes to mind... MKUltra kind of stuff... Although he gets teary here and there in the video, he really doesn't show much remorse does he? I personally don't know many people who would not consider putting a bullet in their own heads after living through and participating in such a thing... As much as I find myself a bit sad for him at having been either brainwashed or otherwise convinced to commit war crime - I want to see him as well as his commanding officers indicted if his recounting is in fact, true. Very surreal....

    By Blogger Liberty Alvar, at 1/04/2007 10:03 AM  

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