Yet Another Ghastly American Crime In Iraq
[Since a certain other blog hasn't updated in two months, perhaps people who are bored with that idiot's comment on a certain case might be interested to hear mine. This is from an article I wrote at the beginning of July. - HAC]
A discharged soldier just back from Iraq has now been charged by Federal prosecutors with murder and rape in connection with the slaughter of an Iraqi family in Baghdad.
The army had previously "disciplined" former private first class Steven D. Green, age 21, by giving him an honorable but early discharge for a "personality disorder." Yes, I suppose that rape and murder fall into the category of a personality disorder.
It has long been a matter of common knowledge that American occupation troops in Iraq routinely commit hideous acts of torture, murder, rape, sexual humiliation such as making captives strip naked and leading them around on a leash, so forth and so on. This case seems to be a little more egregious than most, though.
The incident occurred in March in Baghdad, and was apparently a product of total pre-meditation between Steven Green and his "buddies."
Green and his unit were stationed at a permanent checkpoint on a certain street in the suburb of Mahmoudiya. They saw a 15 year-old Iraqi girl going back and forth, they tried to put the moves on her but were rejected, and they began to have conversations fantasizing about having sex with her. One of the things which has been leaked into the media from the subsequent super hush-hush investigation is that the girl was afraid for her safety after the soldiers had made threats to rape her, and she was planning on moving to a relative's home, but she was unable to get the required permits from the U. S.-puppet Iraqi government.
One night in March of this year, Green and from between two to five others (the Army is playing the whole thing super-close to the vest, of course) were drinking and decided to go out and have a little "fun." They went to the Iraqi family's home with their weapons, broke into the house, and murdered the rest of the family including the girl's parents and a five year-old child. Then after repeatedly raping the teenaged girl they doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.
The Army at first blamed the killings on Iraqi insurgents, of course, but some other soldiers in the rapists' unit told on them and raised such a stink that eventually even kicking Green out of the Army wasn't enough. The Army was apparently afraid that the word of this crime would leak to the news media as did the story of the Marine massacre in the Iraqi farming town of Haditha on the Euphrates River back in November.
MSNBC reports that "The suspects belong to the same unit as two soldiers kidnapped and killed south of Baghdad last month, a military official said on condition of anonymity because the case is still open. The military has said that one and possibly both of the slain soldiers were tortured and beheaded. The official said the mutilation of the slain soldiers stirred feelings of guilt and led at least one member of the platoon to reveal the rape-slaying on June 22."
In other words, the capture and mutilation of the American soldiers was direct retaliation by outraged Iraqis for an act of tape and murder by members of the same unit. Boy, ain't that little fact gonna drop off the radar in double quick time?
The simple fact is that in order to meet their recruiting quotas, the Army is now taking in any warm body with two arms, two legs, and a head that can approximate human speech. Criminals who are given the choice between the army and prison, drug addicts, mentally subnormal Third Worlders who can't pass the required entrance exams without extensive coaching, emotionally disturbed and downright insane recruits--all of these are signing up to be all they can be and the United States military is welcoming them with open arms, anything to keep the ranks filled for the neo-cons' deranged war of world conquest.