Beatings

15 07 2007

From the Huffington Post:

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A Marine corporal testifying in a court-martial said Marines in his unit began routinely beating Iraqis after officers ordered them to “crank up the violence level.”

Cpl. Saul H. Lopezromo testified Saturday at the murder trial of Cpl. Trent D. Thomas.

“We were told to crank up the violence level,” said Lopezromo, testifying for the defense.

When a juror asked for further explanation, Lopezromo said: “We beat people, sir.”

Ah yes. That’s how to win a war. Beating. Constantly beating.

Still support our troops?

They say that you shouldn’t judge an army based on the actions of the worst soldiers. I think that is exactly how you should judge an army, for an army is only as effective as their weakest link. It doesn’t matter how much good we do as long as we have one or more bad apples.

And ‘just following orders’ is morally indefensible.  Period.

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