Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Why They Hate Us

This war against "terror" will not, and cannot, end so long as this behavior continues:

"The U.S. military has concluded its investigation into a video that appeared to show private security contractors shooting at civilian vehicles on highways in Iraq and determined that no one involved will be charged with a crime, a military spokesman in Baghdad said. The investigation, which officials have not released publicly, began after the video was posted on an Internet site purportedly run by employees of Aegis Defense Services, a London-based firm with a $293 million U.S. government security contract."

You can view the video HERE - and you should. It doesn't simply "appear" as though private contractors shot at civilians. They shot at civilians. Have we reached the point where what we see with our own eyes is suspect until some Authority confirms it?

Apparently so.

It's in moments like this where I can truly, honestly understand why an average citizen of the globe might hate the United States. I'll never understand the sort of man or woman who'd kill to make their point, and I do not in any way endorse terrorism. But frankly, if I were an Iraqi civilian, I'd hate the shit out of the U.S. for this.

Horrible things happen in war. They're inevitable. But shirking responsibility is not inevitable. Private security firms need to be held to the same standard of accountability as our troops - otherwise, their use is a transparent attempt to get around what few rules of combat conduct we still hold.

If we're going to take the side of righteousness in a battle of ideologies, we have to be willing to be accountable for our mistakes. To attempt a whitewash of this sort is to figuratively spit in the faces of the people we're purportedly helping.


At 1:47 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I thought they hated us because we were beautiful...

At 4:36 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

No, no, no.

They hate Kelly LeBrock because she's beautiful.

They hate us because we shoot out the back of minivans at them.


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