A while back on another forum I wrote about the rape and murder of a 14 year old Iraqi girl by American soldiers. At the time I was criticized for jumping to conclusions and declaring soldiers guilty before proven to be. Maybe the criticism was justified.
Anyway, here's some testimony from the soldiers trial proceedings...
"While we were playing cards Barker and Green started talking about having sex with an Iraqi female. Barker and Green had already known..." Cortez said before breaking down. He bowed his head and remained silent, sniffling occasionally, for a full minute before continuing.
"Barker and Green had already known what, um, house they wanted to go to ... knew only one male was in the house, and knew it would be an easy target," Cortez said.
Once at the house, Green, the suspected ringleader, took the girl's mother, father and little sister into a bedroom, Cortez said, while he and Barker took the teenager, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, to the living room.
"She kept squirming and trying to keep her legs closed and saying stuff in Arabic," Cortez said.
"During the time me and Barker were raping Abeer, I heard five or six gunshots that came from the bedroom. After Barker was done, Green came out of the bedroom and said that he had killed them all, that all of them were dead," Cortez said.
"Green then placed himself between Abeer's legs to rape her," Cortez said, sniffing audibly. When Green was finished, he "stood up and shot Abeer in the head two or three times." The entire crime took about five minutes to carry out, he added.
I believe it's necessary to be challenged by this, as well as other, terrorist acts carried out by Americans against Iraqis. We used to hear, not so much anymore, about winning those "hearts and minds". Remember?
But we still do hear bold and numerous words about bringing "God given freedom" to middle eastern peoples "suffering" under the iron hand of dictators and thugs. Though perhaps bringing comfort to the guilty consciences of proponents of wars of choice and military occupations of Muslim lands, I wonder if all that "freedom" talk resonates with, you know, Iraqis?
I want to add a bit of first hand information concerning our occupation troops mindset culled from a discussion I had with a step-nephew who has done two tours in Iraq.
My nephew, young male that he is, repeatedly spoke about how the Iraqi women were very attractive and desirable and how when conducting raids, thoughts of sexual activity, if women were present, were never far from the soldiers minds.
These occupation situations, something we should avoid like the plague, create a dominant/submissive dynamic. In a military situation like Iraq, it seems abuse of that dynamic is virtually impossible to prevent.
Neo-conservatives care nothing about these human situations or they would have never pushed for just such a dynamic in the first place. But then neo-conservatives quell their pangs of guilt, if they indeed, have any, by dreaming of American empire. An empire in which the dominant/submissive dynamic is the only dynamic there is.
Sure atrocities will happen, like the brutal gang-rape of a 14 year old Iraqi girl and the gang-murdering of her and her family. But that's simply part of the cost paid for spreading "freedom".
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