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DLnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-07-08 01:42 PM
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35. Facts in the case
The US is occupying a country. The troops are very severely overextended, are involved in a culture that they really don't know much about. are put in a position of being targets and building up fear, anger and resentment. Over and over, there have been incidences of US troops (and mercenaries) committing acts of excessive brutality. Far from trying to reign in and control these acts (which can be expected under the circumstances), the * administration has gone to great lengths to NOT condemn, investigate or punish these acts. Past acts have INVARIABLY been initially denied and obfuscated by US military and government sources, and local and alternative sources have turned out to have been correct. Under these conditions, a rudimentary knowledge of human nature says that more and more brutality on the part of US soldiers and mercenaries will occur.

Much as you may not want to see it, the history, human nature and established patterns argue for the reality to be as bad or worse than reported by the local papers, and NOT anything as 'innocent' as the official US story.

It would be nice to have the luxury of "waiting until all the facts are in". But the US military and government has been and is continuing to run a very active, powerful propaganda program covering up the brutality that is going on. This cover-up both obscures the reality, and perpetuates and exacerbates it, by creating a climate where soldiers don't feel anyone is helping them restrain themselves. In these circumstances, "waiting until all the facts are in", when the US military pretty much controls most fact gathering, just leads to being snowed by the powers that be.

Sure, you want to be fair to the US troops. I assume you want to be fair to the Iraqi people, also. I think you should keep in mind that the US troops have a 600 billion dollar military budget behind them, pretty much total control of the US media, and a very well-funded propaganda campaign (see Lincoln Group, for instance). Meanwhile, the Iraqi people have mud huts, electricity occasionally, lack of food and water, a brutal occupation and daily humiliation. Personally, I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to the weak in this case, not to the strong.

Sorry to rant, but I have yet to see a case like this turn out to be 'faked', and I have over and over seen such cases initially denied, slowly admitted bit by bit, and effectively procrastinated to death so that no effective punishment or prevention ever takes place. And that really angers me.
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