A Man with a Flashlight

I wonder where they got that idea?
May 5, 2007, 7:08 pm
Filed under: Politics, The War on Terror

A Pentagon survey calls into question the image of the gentleman soldier. To wit:

“Less than half of Soldiers and Marines believed that non-combatants should be treated with dignity and respect,” the Army report stated.

About 10 percent of the 1,767 troops in the official survey — conducted in Iraq last fall — reported that they had mistreated civilians in Iraq, such as kicking them or needlessly damaging their possessions.

Army researchers “looked under every rock, and what they found was not always easy to look at,” said S. Ward Casscells, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. The report noted that the troops’ statements are at odds with the “soldier’s rules” promulgated by the Army, which forbid the torture of enemy prisoners and state that civilians must be treated humanely.

But right in line with their commander-in-chief. Whatever he says.

How can we blame soldiers who are facing death for doing this, and not blame their commanders for doing the same thing, from the safety of Washington?

Iraq was going to bring democracy to the Middle East. Instead it brought Middle East attitudes on human rights to America. That’s Bush’s legacy.


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