‘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.