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reichstag911 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 11:09 AM
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26. That's because Americans...
...aren't really human, thus American troops would never commit the same atrocities in war that every other nation's soldiers throughout history have committed, falling prey, in their human weakness, to the temptation to exact disproportionate revenge on combatants and innocents alike. Nah, Americans would never do anything like that.

Minus the sarcasm, the principles embedded in both American and international law, as explicated in the US Constitution and the UN Charter, for instance -- while they cannot directly prevent war crimes on the national or individual level -- are a mechanism to punish those crimes. Since this criminal administration has no regard for any lawful authority whatsoever, however, there is no institutional American deterrent to war crimes.

And for another poster in this thread, I see much greater culpability on the part of US soldiers than I do of indigenous Iraqis who've had their country occupied by an imperialist power. I've said elsewhere that, according to the UCMJ, US soldiers have an obligation to refuse to obey illegal orders, and this invasion was exactly that. While the typical grunt may not realize the implications of that provision, the colonels and generals certainly should have, and should have honored the Constitution they're sworn to protect and defend and the troops under their command by refusing the civilian command authority's invasion orders.

But I could be wrong... :eyes:
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