Rhea: How does pulling in someone's family and then using them to blackmail someone to turn themselves in equal anything positive, ever????
Well let’s for the big fact that fact that who knows how many American soldiers and Iraqi civilians are alive tonight because of that. I’d say the lives of our soldiers and a bunch of civilians is pretty important wouldn’t you? Secondly that people who were carrying out some attempt to disrupt any successful attempt to reconstruct Iraq were captured and the Baathist are one step close to eradication.
The fact that we don’t even have a clue what the note actually said because some people are taking this as a literal translation. Somehow I doubt we left something quite as blatant and short as that note on the door. The Colonel could have left a note saying “we’ve interned your wife and daughter for their [or planned] role in your [blank] illegal activities and they shall remain in custody until you are captured and are no longer a threat to our troops.
Of course when someone speaks to a reporter they aren’t always going to say exactly what the note said. Instead they are going to shorten it into the best sounding sound byte. Our soldiers aren’t trained in how to deal with the press. They are trained to kill people and break things. That role doesn’t exactly cover how to look out for the press spinning things when you use the type of language that is effective to talking amongst the troops.
In case someone hasn’t noticed aid and abetting a fugitive is still a crime these days. We had at least one soldier who was killed because someone strapped a bomb to his or her child and it exploded on him. The only reason that more aren’t dead including civilians is because he shielded the explosion with his own body. So yeah we have some real monsters running around Iraq grabbing people up in the night and eating them out back. :blinks:
People seem to be forgetting some of the real nasty things that the Baathist are still pulling in Iraq and just how popular it is to use women and children in attacks now. We have no idea
how this mother and daughter were involved. Were they hiding the father, were they plotting in attacks with the father, or did Daddy intend to use them as bait in an attack. No of course we don’t know if any of this is true.
I think it is the highest height of hypocrisy that the exact same people I have seen who claim there wasn’t enough evidence to go into Iraq are now prosecuting the US military on a whole whopping two
sentences of information. Good work buying into the theory that the US Military is evil incarnate and out to commit war crimes left and right. The Guardian isn’t even prejudiced and bias enough to able to spin a yarn like that for this one. The US can’t even blink in Iraq without them complaining and they haven’t yet. Of course evidence doesn’t matter to many people as long as the military ends up being the bad guy in their mind.
I ask who needs innocent until proven guilty or any of the concepts that this country was founded on when they can prosecute with a whole two sentences of information?
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