November 17th, 2004

All the outrage over the shooting of an apparently unarmed Iraqi by a U.S. soldier arises only because the event was captured on video. I am sure such incidents are common. Was anyone else watching the BBC World News last night? A crew was following another group of soldiers around Fallujah, going house to house. I could have sworn one of them said, “A guy was sleeping…I killed him.” Any human body that is lying on the ground and not dead is seen as a potential bomb. The problem is not that such atrocities are occurring in the fog of war but that we are there in the first place.

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