Friday, July 07, 2006

Nemo's World: Cause and Effect

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Ah, so now we see!

It appears those "vicious, barbaric acts" of "unprovoked, cold-blooded torture and murder" perpetrated in Iraq in June against kidnapped US soldiers -- which so enraged blogdom's Hitler Youth -- were quite possibly direct retribution for the troops' *own* pre-meditated, brutally savage acts of rape and murder, committed in the coldest of cold blood, against their civilian "charges".

Obviously, Americans are not the *only* people occasionally inclined to pursue a little "vigilante justice", under certain circumstances, via the formation of lynch mobs. But in this case, it seems genuinely possible that a semblance of justice, however twisted, was ultimately served.

US Sees Possible Links Between Incidents in Iraq
The Los Angeles Times

The U.S. military is investigating whether the kidnapping, killing and mutilation of two American soldiers was carried out in retaliation for an alleged [sic] rape and murder of an Iraqi woman by another member of the same unit three months earlier, a military official said Tuesday.

The incidents occurred in nearby towns and the soldiers involved were in the same unit. The bodies of the two American soldiers and at least one Iraqi were mutilated. A third U.S. soldier was killed during the kidnapping of his comrades. ...

On Monday, Steven D. Green, 21, a former Army private with the 502nd Infantry Regiment, appeared in federal court in Charlotte, N.C., on charges that he raped and murdered an Iraqi woman in the town of Mahmoudiya. According to accounts provided to investigators by other soldiers, Green dressed in black and took several other soldiers with him to a nearby house with the intent of raping the woman. According to an affidavit submitted by FBI Special Agent Gregor J. Ahlers in support of the arrest warrant, Green killed the woman's parents and young sister; he and another soldier raped the woman; then he shot her in the head and set her body on fire. ...

Although the incident occurred in March, military officials learned only recently that it might have been carried out by a group of Americans, rather than the insurgents who initially were blamed.

The attack on the three American soldiers working alone at a checkpoint in Yousifiya, near Mahmoudiya, occurred in June. One soldier, Spc. David J. Babineau, 25, of Springfield, Mass., was killed. Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore., were kidnapped, apparently tortured and killed. Their bodies were found beheaded and mutilated beyond recognition.

It was during counseling after the deaths of the three soldiers that military officials heard the allegations that Americans were responsible for the killing of the four civilians in Mahmoudiya. ...
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The moral of the story is clear: "Actions have consequences."

The larger lesson, of course, is that the US "occupation" of Iraq no longer has the slightest shred of credibility.
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Update

I wanted to include the following links for the sake of completeness. The so-called "woman", as the military and press typically refer to her, was in fact a *15* year-old girl.

(Personally, I hope they *fry* the son-of-a-bitch and his sleazy accomplices, but slowly -- VERY slowly.)

In Cold Blood: Iraqi Tells of Massacre at Farmhouse
Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2006
A cousin describes finding the shot and shattered bodies. A U.S. soldier is in custody.

Raped Iraqi woman feared US troops: report
Reuters, Mon Jul 3, 2006

GIs May Have Planned Iraq Rape, Slayings
AP, Saturday 01 July 2006

~ Nemo

13 Comments:

Anonymous Nemo said...

Further insights on this: Hadji Girl: Racism is just another poison we're spreading in Iraq, by Robert C. Koehler ==== ... Unlike the Marine in the song, the boys from the 502nd Infantry Regiment weren't lured into temptation by a femme fatale. They were on the prowl for spoils. Pvt. Green and his buddies, accounts tell us, allegedly planned the operation in advance: rape the girl, kill her, set her on fire, kill the witnesses, blame it on the insurgents. It almost worked. ==== Only after an act of grotesque counter-barbarism -- the torture and beheading of two American soldiers from the very same unit -- did a guilt-ridden fellow soldier spill the beans about the Mahmoudiya atrocity, during a post-beheading session with a stress counselor. ==== John Pike, director of the think tank GlobalSecurity.org, suggests that what we're witnessing is not necessarily a spike in GI murders of Iraqi civilians all of a sudden but, rather, a no-longer-avoidable pressure to investigate them. "It may be," he told the San Francisco Chronicle, "that this has been going on all along and it was just not being reported." ...

Fri Jul 07, 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

It's been something like 10 days since the invasion of Gaza, and not one mention on AmericaBlog. Time to take John Aravosis to task for ignoring the Palestinian holocaust. Anyone else up for giving them the Rocco DiPipsqueak treatment?

Here's a few places to start (if they last...): [1], [2], [3], [4], [5].

Fri Jul 07, 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

Sweet, I scored a frist: [6].

Watch this one!

Fri Jul 07, 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

Yet another: [7].

Fri Jul 07, 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

Not quite a frist, but it's up there: [8].

Fri Jul 07, 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous ML said...

Boo-Yeah!

This one is a slam-dunk. Stupid Aravosis posts a big screed on the 1st Amendment and the corporate media's stifling free speech...by muzzling itself! Here's the post, which may as well translate to "Look in the mirror, you fucking hypocrite!"

Sat Jul 08, 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Sometimes ML scares me :)

Thanks Nemo for the post.

Kind of sheds new light on things. Thinking back(hindsight 20/20 and all) a mild alarm bell did go off when I heard the "insurgents" hit one of the mobile fortress American checkpoints.

The kind of intel and risk involved seemed awfully expensive for a random checkpoint attack.

Considering it was a successful operation, you would think there would be repeats of such attacks.

Unless of course it wasn't just a random attack....

Sat Jul 08, 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Sometimes ML scares me :) ==== Robert: Me too. ;-) But don't stop him now -- he's clearly on a ROLL! :-)

Sun Jul 09, 05:58:00 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

I felt bad missing out on the DiPipsqueak fun...

:-)

Sun Jul 09, 09:37:00 AM  
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