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Monday, May 08, 2006

Why Anyone with a Conscience...

should stay out of the US military.

From the article:
'There is constant pressure to kill Iraqi civilians, Anderson [a Purple-Heart-decorated soldier] said. “At traffic stops we kill innocent people all the time. If you are fired on from the street, you are supposed to fire on everybody that is there. If I am in a market, I shoot people who are buying groceries.”'

5 comments:

  1. Is that quote from John Kerry?

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  2. Woody7:56 PM

    Now that would be something! I don't recall Kerry admitting to baby killing, or plain, old, innocent civilian killing, during his time in VietNam.

    "Ketchup is a Vegetable."

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  3. Sorry, see quote: apparently it was a THEY said thing...

    I would like to talk on behalf of all those veterans and say that several months ago in Detroit we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged, and many very highly decorated, veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. These were not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command. It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit - the emotions in the room and the feelings of the men who were reliving their experiences in Vietnam. They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do.

    They told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

    -- John Kerry, testifying before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, April 22, 1971

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  4. Yep, that's the sort of thing you wind up doing when you invade a foreign country -- you have to treat the natives as "gooks" or... I forget, they have some similar term today for Arabs.

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  5. Woody7:49 PM

    I think they're called "people of sand."

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