An initial U.S. military probe supports allegations that American Marines deliberately shot 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.
There's a newer case where soldiers allegedly killed three unarmed men in cold blood. This took place near Samarra. The real kicker is that the soldir who spilled the beans was threatened with death by the other soldiers if he told on them.
Pfc. Bradley L. Mason, 20, said at a military hearing in Tikrit that Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard threatened him on May 10, the day after the Iraqis were shot dead in a raid on a suspected base of the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq near Samarra, about 65 miles north of Baghdad.
"He said that if I say anything, he'd kill me," Mason said, according to a pool report.
And of course, lest you have forgotten the killings in Mahmoudiya, which Xanthippas already wrote about. That's the one involving the 15 year old girl who was raped before she was killed.
Again, this is no unlimited indictment of the American military, but I certainly see it as an indictment of war. For all the good that they may be doing, when we're committing atrocities the likes of which haven't been seen since Vietnam, you know that things are going seriously wrong over there.