Category Archives: War in Iraq

Marine in Haditha ‘Ordered to Kill Women and Children’

This is terrible:

“I told him there were women and kids inside there. He said ‘Well, shoot them,”’ Lance-Cpl Mendoza told prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Sean Sullivan. “And what did you say to him?” Lt-Col Sullivan asked. “I said ‘But they’re just women and children.’ He didn’t say nothing.”

Pentagon to White House: “Here, George. Hold This.”

From DailyKos:

“The professional military guys are going to the non-professional military guys and saying ‘Resolve this,'” said Jeffrey White, a military analyst for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “That’s what it sounds like.” White said it suggests that the military commanders want to be able to distance themselves from Iraq strategy by making it clear that whatever course is followed is the president’s decision, not what commanders agreed on.

How Fear of Death Turns Us Into Imperialist, Xenophobic Assholes

From The New Republic:

Over the next decade, the three performed similar experiments to illustrate how awareness of death could provoke worldview defense. They showed that what they now called “mortality salience” affected people’s view of other races, religions, and nations.

When they would ask sub- jects to make judgments immediately following the mortality exercises, the exercises would have little effect. It was only when they interspersed a diversionary interval between the exercises and the judgments that the exercises had their full impact.

For instance, because worldview defense increases hostility toward other races, religions, nations, and political systems, it helps explain the rage toward France and Germany that erupted prior to the Iraq war, as well as the recent spike in hostility toward illegal immigrants. Also central to worldview defense is the protection of tradition against social experimentation, of community values against individual prerogatives–as was evident in the Tucson experiment with the judges–and of religious dictates against secular norms.

Baghdad Without Water: 117 Degrees, 6 Million People

Occupying forces must provide critical infrastructure: 

Major parts of the city of six million people have lacked running water for six days, while daily high temperatures have ranged from 115 to 120 degrees. The tiny amount of water dripping through the pipes is causing many of those who must drink it to suffer acute intestinal illness. According to reports, not enough electricity is available to run Baghdad’s water pumps. This in a country with vast energy resources.

New Bin Laden Tape Five Years Old?

Try this on for size:

A videotape that was heralded as “new” footage of Osama bin Laden by many quarters of the press has been conclusively proven to be more than 5 year old re-released footage, leading to questions about why the government and the media continue to act as willing propagandists for the terrorists while striking fear into Americans by claiming an attack is inevitable. In reality, the tape was being released for the third consecutive time, having first popped up in 2002 before re-airing again in 2003. The footage of Bin Laden was filmed six years ago in October 2001.

Nearly Half of Iraq Insurgents From Saudi Arabia

Do you ever feel like the two taboo countries to talk about are Israel and Saudi Arabia?

More media failure:

The Los Angeles Times reports today that according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers, about 45% of all foreign militants “targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi Arabia.” Only 15% are from Syria and Lebanon; and 10% are from North Africa. This is based on official U.S. military figures made available to newspaper by the senior officer.