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genie_weenie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 11:28 AM
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36. "The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men
The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations." Maj. J.F. Thomas

What I call into question is this: Do members of the DU beleive US forces are acting in a manner similar to The Seminole Wars, Wounded Knee, the Phillipines Insurrection? Or are the incidents like Haditha an aberation these days?

The problem is what do people expect to happen in situations like this? All it takes is for a soldier to be on his 3rd tour in Iraq, just gotten an email from his wife saying she is leaving him (or something more graphic), is constantly in fight/flight mode driving around with his stomach clenched due to fear of IEDs, has a friend who died in a mortar attack and what is the result.

Of course, someone is going to attack me for defending war crimes, but isn't it incumbent upon us to understand the underlying reasons which breed these incidents and fight to stop the future groundlaying for atrocities?
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