‘I didn’t think of Iraqis as humans.”

‘I didn’t think of Iraqis as humans,’ says U.S. soldier who raped 14-year-old girl before killing her and her family


Upon first reading this…I was sickened, saddened…disgusted.  I really don’t think words could fully explain what it was that I felt.  But after absorbing it a bit, I realized, so few people come back from war unbroken – some infinitely more than others.  I’m not excusing ANYTHING by any means…but there’s no doubt that seeing lives taken, sometimes in the most bloody and horrific ways, has to do something to the head, and the heart and the soul, and I don’t think anyone can fully come back from that.  And I think the governments who promoted this war, who put these people in these circumstances are as much to blame for these atrocities.  This poor girl and her family may still be alive, this soldier may not have ever had the rage, the sickness, and may not have undergone the circumstances that deadened his heart …and numbed his humanity enough to even let such horrible crimes cross his thoughts, wallahu a3lam.

Again, not pardoning this man…what he did is unthinkable and inexcusable, but, war is such an ugly thing that we should never push our soldiers – our people, our children – towards it unless no other alternative is available.  It’s not something to be taken lightly.  It’s not Battleship.  It’s not a game where people emerge unscathed.  People come back broken – sometimes beyond repair.  Putting people through this sort of bloodshed unnecessarily…it’s disgusting, and unforgivable.  It just makes me sick – thinking that the people who made these decisions were out playing golf or something while something like this was happening.


2 thoughts on “‘I didn’t think of Iraqis as humans.”

  1. Lools- it just surprises me that after so much education in “political correctness” and the dangers of bigotry, nothing seems to change.
    Why is it that humans cant get out of this cycle? Why is it that his explanation of hatred is the same as a Nazi Germans, a Southern Plantation Owner, or a Greek Soldier. Why do we always look back at history with judgmental eyes, yet follow the same patterns?

    I just don’t get people sometimes.

  2. Heba…I think bigotry, on some level, is an essential part of war. It’s a lot harder to shoot someone if they could be your neighbor or you brother, than it is to target someone that seems – inferior, subhuman, evil….maybe even,deserving of their plight, etc. It’s a modern day version of Manifest Destiny. The moment you can relate to your enemy..you might have compassion for them, and that just doesn’t make for a good soldier or for a “successful” war…(depending on how success is defined of course.). It’s funny because in the light of day, you’re right, “political correctness” reigns supreme. But, I think they’re smart enough to skew the propganda enough to make it seem like everything being done is in the name of helping these “poor, backwards, heathens.” It’ll never be as blatant as dictators of the past…because we are a “civilized, advanced, western nation.” And logically, the people in charge may not even believe it…but I do think it’s the easiest way to rally the troops, to get them to do the dirty work, etc. I think the moment they really grasp the magnitude of what they are doing, and WHO exactly they are doing it to – other people…other humans, other fathers and mothers and children…it becomes so much harder to swallow.


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