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Evidence of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity from US Military Personnel

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

McCord.jpg  Ethan McCord

“The ‘rules of engagement’ in Iraq?  The rules of engagement , says McCord were that there were no rules of engagement.  Or, if you were an American soldier, you better damn well engage or you had two enemies, the ‘official’ enemy as well as your commanding officers and even fellow soldiers who did not want you messaging morality in the midst of the amorality and bloodshed.   That  kind of messaging could get you killed by your own side.

“There was one policy, he recalled, a deadly rule of engagement.  If an IED suddenly went off, ambushing the soldiers, the SOP was immediate 360 degree rotational machine gun fire on the part of the soldiers.  That meant that anyone in the vicinity, men, women, children, even in a crowded marketplace, were doomed by the raining of gunfire, 360 degree merciless barrages of bullets.  Such bloodshed, collateral damage, was deemed justifiable.”

The above is a quotation for Bonnie’s article on Corrente Wire that you can read in its entirety here.

Bonnie attended a World Can’t Wait showing of the Collateral Murder video at which Ethan McCord spoke and reported on it.

Ethan McCord was the man in the video who got the two injured children whose father was among the people killed out of the van.  He was reprimanded for this act of human kindness instead of being honored for it.  The children were also not given the kind of care he wanted for them; they were considered unimportant.  The soldiers in the helicopter gun ship who fired on them said that their parents should not have brought them into a battle.  Of course, the children and their parents were just in their own city, minding their own business until they were attacked by the helicopter’s crew.

US service personnel have been willing for some time to speak out about the atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This blog mentions moving speeches over four years ago at Camp Casey by veterans who were suffering PTSD from having followed orders to destroy the enemy only to discover that all the people they killed were children, women, and old people, not combatants. The Wikileaks video of the massacre in Bagdad has, however,  helped many people in the US to see US atrocities in a way we have not been able to before with the virtual news blackout from the war zones.  For the first time, there are images that many people have seen that are of the same magnitude as those of the Viet Nam era that appeared on television news.  Wikileaks is not so well disseminated, but it is the best we have had so far.

Many thanks to Bonnie for both attending the event and for letting us all know about it. Also, eternal gratitude to McCord and others who have refused to be brutalized and dehumanized by US military service and to those courageous patriots who have put information into the public domain so that we can know what is done with our tax money and in our name.