Nations seldom need saviors to come in, blow everything up, convert people to Christianity at gunpoint and spread venereal disease. The Spanish tried this 500 years ago and they are now a debt ridden backwater.
You can’t walk across a street in Europe without seeing a memorial to someone executed by the Nazi’s or even the Kaiser’s troops.
The conquest of the America West was an occupation combined with an ethnic cleansing, deeply parallel to the “restoration” of Israel to the Jews.
A “people” exist, live and build, become a nation, if even only in a spiritual sense, these are the Palestinians. Their land is coveted, nice beaches, good location.
“We were told, whenever we saw a unarmed male between 12 and 60, open up near them. If they move, kill them, they are VC.”
“I wrote countless SIGACT reports. The ones I found on Wikileaks are not as I wrote them. Due to the previous statement(s) it is unknown just how much of that data is altered or changed or can even be believed.
When one views the Wikileaks Iraq War Diaries I want the civilian population to be proud that our very small Army was capable of holding that vast territory, with an insurgency everywhere; and when the average reader can now see that children were regularly used as weapons against the troops, that bombs were everywhere (literally), no place was ever safe, the Police and Iraqi Army were untrustworthy if not criminal, and the ROE itself complicated matters by placing troops between a rock and a hard place.
Perhaps that may place a better perspective on allegations of mistreatment and violation of the ROE and using the Wikileaks documents to make political statements”.
I viewed the Guardian UK’s Iraq War Logs interactive piece and was amazed at how crazy that one day was. I was there that day, and I had my tail handed to me that month, along with the rest of the forces. The sad part is, that I feel the Wikileaks release is missing most of what actually happened that day, and based upon my personal recollection I would say that only about 1/3 of the events of October 17, 2006 actually made it into the Wikileaks release.
I suppose I am rambling here, and now I think you can see the dilemma in my head. How the heck do you deliver this story? From what perspective? And worst of all, how do you make the troops look good (because they were and are) and try and convince a public that only cares about shopping, that these reports are not glass half empty, they are quite the opposite, they are glass half full?
Do I just say it? Hey America, the troops are the shit because we should all feel lucky that any Iraqi’s lived at all. That is just presumptuous and arrogant but very true. These kids do need to feel proud that they didn’t waste every single person they saw. Or do we stay out of this mess altogether?”