Two US soldiers have admitted raping a 14yr old while her family was shot dead in adjacent rooms. She was then shot in the head three times.
This is an illustration of what war is. It’s not about statistics or about politics. Those are the causes and measurements of war. War is about bringing out the very worst in all participants, and it drags everyone down to the level of animals. Actually, worse than animals, as animals don’t have a comprehension of their actions and the effects of those actions. People do, so people have no excuses. There are no reasons to rape. There are no reasons for indiscriminate killing. There are no reasons for barbarity to innocents. Unfortunately war means all good reason is thrown out of the window, because that is what war is: Coordinated from afar inhumanity to man. There are no ‘good guys’ in war, there never are. Atrocities are committed by every side, and it’s something that ought to be understood by everyone, but usually isn’t. Americans are not the hero’s in Iraq. The British are not the hero’s in Iraqi. They are aggressors with an extremely flimsy cause. They are the destroyers of innocent life, not the liberators of a people, nor the guardians of our freedom. Not in Iraq.
So, isn’t it about time that the ‘allies’ get the hell out of a country that they have no right or reason to be in, and stop adding their own misery on an already troubled people? Isn’t it time we took our unwanted noses out of someone else’s agenda, and let them sort it out themselves - rather than providing an external force to blame their troubles on, and to make those troubles worse?