November 28, 2005

So here, ultimately, is how it plays out: When the Iraqi man in the mosque posed a threat, he was your enemy; when he was subdued, he was your responsibility; when he was killed in front of my eyes and my camera, the story of his death became my responsibility. The burdens of war, as you so well know, are unforgiving for all of us.
- Kevin Sites

I was a Marine SSgt until very recently. I did 2 combat tours in Iraq. We can all pretend that there are "laws of war," but the reality of war is that life loses meaning very quickly. These individuals were very clearly enemy combatant, much like the ones jailed in Guantanamo Bay. They are not accorded ANY rights under the Geneva Convention. If these had been uniformed enemy such as I encountered during the initial invasion, then things just may have turned out differently. Either way, the point everyone is making here is mute. War is about killing PEOPLE, and breaking things. The media will always blow things up, not to say that the taking of a human life is a small matter, but the media has their motive, just as the Marines theirs, and the insurgents yet another. Most people will assume that I am an ardent supporter of G. W. Bush. That assumption couldn't be farther from the truth. As far as I'm concerned, we invaded Iraq illegaly. There is nobody that stands to gain except corrupt corporations such as Halliburton, and their little imp KBR. Iraqi's die, we die, things are destroyed, U.S. credibility (whatever was left) is gone. These, coupled with injuries I've sustained in Iraq have driven me out of my Marine Corps career. Semper Fidelis
- mombellirc

Heartsick and unbalanced. In all his reporting there is no report detailing specific heroism by our guys. Why? For the murder in the mosque, he brings a camera for our guy and a heavy heart for those whom cold-blooded murder is a religious imperative. To expressly report heroism on our guys' part is considered non-objective while reporting war crimes on [our] guys' part is considered a duty to his profession. Overall, that is unbalanced and unfair -- calling out our crimes, while remaining silent on specific heroic acts -- depreciating them as only "likely" to have occurred. This person is not a real professional. His emotions and bias have gotten in the way all along the way.
- njnoecker

They seem to be saying different things, separate things ... but all I hear is pain.

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