Prosecutor: Marine lost control of himself in major Iraq war crime
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#1 Jan 10, 2012
The people that were killed, did they help our soldiers?, did they fight for their freedoms?, if not, in a war zone they were worthless. No big deal. Common sense would tell you to get the hell out of a combat region. If you are stupid enough to stay, whatever happens to you is your fault.
#2 Jan 10, 2012
Unarmed women and children can still support your enemy. Feeding,housing,clothes, suppies,information.
#3 Jan 10, 2012
Mercenary murderers go thousands of kilometres from their own country to slaughter innocent civilians.
Because they are nobody, dredges of the Yank class system, which is more restrictive even than the British one, and their only way out of poverty in the inner city ghettos is to accept to murder people for the sake of big corporations that control US so-called government.
For now, they murder people away from their homes. Tomorrow this scum known as US Army/Marines will have to slaughter and rape their own mothers, sisters and daughters when their master orders them to do so.
Ah well... No sympathy for the scum...
#4 Jan 11, 2012
How come no Marine officers are on trial? Why is not the officer who supervised this Marine on trial too? In fact, why not place the top Marine General on trial? But he was well and safely behind the lines wasn't he?
Coward Bush should be on trial.
Every cowardly member of Congress who failed to declare war should be on trial too. In fact, perhaps every American citizen should be on trial for their dismal failure to control the corrupt government of the U.S. which lied to the citizens and taxpayers regarding this totally corrupt and failed war which accomplished nothing other than to remove the leader the U.S. put in power in the first place!
This is a sham hearing and a sham trial. The wrong person is on trial. Why isn't General Betrayus on trial?
"War is a Racket": General Smedley Butler, two time Medal of Honor Winner, 1935.
Wake up Marines: You surrendered every right under the U.S. Constitution when you took that meaningless oath. What happens if you exercise your right of "freedom of speech"? You get courtmartialed no?
War is the biggest racket on the planet earth.
#5 Jan 11, 2012
Written by Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Major General Smedley D. Butler
WAR IS A RACKET
"WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.
How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?
Out of war nations acquire additional territory, if they are victorious. They just take it. This newly acquired territory promptly is exploited by the few – the selfsame few who wrung dollars out of blood in the war. The general public shoulders the bill.
And what is this bill?
This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones. Mangled bodies. Shattered minds. Broken hearts and homes. Economic instability. Depression and all its attendant miseries. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.
For a great many years, as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket; not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it. Now that I see the international war clouds gathering, as they are today, I must face it and speak out.
Again they are choosing sides. France and Russia met and agreed to stand side by side. Italy and Austria hurried to make a similar agreement. Poland and Germany cast sheep's eyes at each other, forgetting for the nonce [one unique occasion], their dispute over the Polish Corridor.
The assassination of King Alexander of Jugoslavia [Yugoslavia] complicated matters. Jugoslavia and Hungary, long bitter enemies, were almost at each other's throats. Italy was ready to jump in. But France was waiting. So was Czechoslovakia. All of them are looking ahead to war. Not the people – not those who fight and pay and die – only those who foment wars and remain safely at home to profit...."
#6 Jan 11, 2012
Gravesite photograph of resting place of Marine General Smedley Darlington Butler 1881-1940, West Chester, PA:
One of America's greatest, most intelligent and most courageous heros who told the truth in the face of adversity by gutless propagandists clamouring for more war and inhumanity by man to man.
“Uzi Does It”
Since: Nov 08
#7 Jan 15, 2012
LOL, good thing the Chinese haven't declared your neighborhood a war zone yet.
“Uzi Does It”
Since: Nov 08
#8 Jan 15, 2012
You're saying baby killing is cool so long as it's other people's kids, right?
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