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August 18, 2004 | Permalink

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Seems to skirt pretty close to the line of saying "attrocities are excusable" if soldiers are involved in a war they disapprove of, or one that has not been fought in the way they'd like.
Its simply not true that the batallion commander had "no choice" but to cover up for the actions of his soldiers, or that the soldiers "had" to do what they did because of the military situtation. It was pointless cruelty, connected to no military objective. Its been covered extensively by the Iraqi blogger Zeyad
(www.healingiraq.blogspot.com)and by Instapundit. And to say that Bush and Rumsfield are the ones really to blame overlooks the fact that hundreds of thousands of soldiers in the same position have managed to act honorably.

Posted by: rd | Aug 18, 2004 6:51:45 PM

I dunno. That's kind of like saying "If I run over a guy on a bike on my way to work, it's my boss's fault."

Posted by: praktike | Aug 18, 2004 8:15:46 PM

Bush and Rumsfeld are to blame for tolerating any such pointless cruelty in the ranks. The perpetrators must be punished and their commanding officers held accountable, or else it is a failing of the next higher rank on the chain of command and must be dealt with as such. At least that's how it's supposed to work, before Bushco brought the concept of failing without consequences direct from the American executive workplace.

You see how this doesn't take long to get back to Rumsfeld or Bush, don't you?

Posted by: oodja | Aug 18, 2004 8:16:08 PM

War is hell. It is, perhaps, due to modern communication that we know of so many specific instances like this. But this is why we consider unnecessary war to be immoral. Bush ordered this war. An act like described, outside the context of war, is clearly cold-blooded murder. If the war is immoral, it is also cold-blooded murder. Morally, Bush is cupable of the unjustified taking of human life. Now, so are these soldiers. Very sad.

Posted by: epistemology | Aug 18, 2004 8:48:00 PM

My response to the comments here is up at my blog.

Posted by: Arkhangel | Aug 18, 2004 11:08:50 PM

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