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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-25-08 09:29 AM
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Bonfire of puppy-tossers, and the beer test
Five years now the bright nights of shock and awe have turned into the never ending days of blinding sorrow and affliction, but there is one thing that even the fiercest critics of the war, of which I include myself, must now admit. The hoary shibboleth that states that Americans care little or nothing for the non-combatant casualties its armed forces are inflicting on the Iraqi civil population has been demonstrated decisively wrong. Recent events have proven that Americans care deeply, passionately, even to and beyond the point of breaking the laws about making direct criminal threats, about those Iraqis injured by American forces.

As long as those injured have four legs and bark.


It is perhaps Marine Corps Sergeant Ilario Pantano that best represents the poster child for America's indifference to the civiliancasualties it is causing in Iraq. Pantano, a veteran of the first Gulf War in 1991 and an investment banker and energy trader with Goldman Sachs, rejoined the marines after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

While on patrol, also in Mahmudiya, on April 15, 2004, two soldiers in Pantano's command allege that he fired two entire M-16 magazines, usually with around 30 rounds each, into the bodies of two unarmed Iraqi men, who, even acknowledging that the men had their hands in the air, Pantano says represented a threat to him.

Describing the incident, Pantano said, "I then changed magazines and continued to fire until the second magazine was empty ... I had made a decision that when I was firing I was going to send a message to these Iraqis and others that when we say, 'No better friend, No worse enemy,' we mean it. I had fired both magazines into the men, hitting them with about 80% of my rounds." Pantano left a placard with that phrase - "No better friend - no worse enemy" - the slogan of his Marine Corps battalion, on the corpses of the men he shot, and it also became the title of his autobiography.
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