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 […]

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 […]