New Iraqi Prime Minister says Haditha not an isolated incident.

It seems the new Iraqi Prime Minister feels we’re killing his people needlessly:

As outrage over reports that American marines killed 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha last year continued to shake the new government, the country’s senior leaders said that they would demand that American officials turn over their investigative files on the killings and that the Iraqi government would conduct its own inquiry.

In his comments, Mr. Maliki said violence against civilians had become a “daily phenomenon” by many troops in the American-led coalition who “do not respect the Iraqi people.”

“They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion,” he said. “This is completely unacceptable.” Attacks on civilians will play a role in future decisions on how long to ask American forces to remain in Iraq, the prime minister added.

For the longest time I agreed with the idea that, although we shouldn’t have gone into Iraq in the first place, it wouldn’t be right to walk away from it after making such a mess of the whole thing, but my opinion in that regard is starting to change drastically. It’s not just this latest scandal about Marines going nuts in Haditha either. There’s the 11 people killed in Ishaqi, the shooting of the parents of 3 kids 18 months ago, and too many more news stories over the past year. At this point I’m starting to think that we’re doing more harm than good—not only to the Iraqi’s but to ourselves—by “staying the course.” How many civilians do we need to kill either accidentally or intentionally before it’s enough? How badly do we want the rest of the world to hate us before we decide they hate us enough?

With friends like us Iraq doesn’t need any enemies…

5 thoughts on “New Iraqi Prime Minister says Haditha not an isolated incident.

  1. Prefaced Fact . . .
    I’ll preface this comment with the known fact that is very, very (like: very!) common for the Iraqi Insurgency (and its many folds) to use civilians *and* their homes as shields and shelter.  In addition, alQaeda teaches how to best use this tactic for propaganda purposes against Western forces.

    That said . . .
    Haditha, Abu Ghraib, and other incidents, reflect not so much how the US Armed Forces conduct themselves as it does the a wider, larger moral problem with young Americans.

    Young Americans: Your Cute Little Psychopaths…
    Let’s face it, young Americans are probably the least empathetic generation we’ve raised thus far.  We’re now reaping that hate-filled harvest. AbuGhraibs, Hadithas, et al, happen because these young Americans care little for their fellow human beings, especially if they don’t speak English.  American culture teaches prosperity, not empathy. This is a bitter meal long in the making. Americans are just unhappy they now have to eat it, not so much for the deaths or torture of these civilians.

    Americans are taught to be ugly…
    America, not just their military, needs an inservice training-day.  “Caring should be motivated by honest concern, not by need or identity. Now, let’s all try and care for something first, then someone next.  Please hand-out the dolls.”

    AbuGhraibs happens every day in America.
    Just visit a US school gym class and listen and watch.
    It’s very scary; It’s your future in the making.

    rob@egoz.org

  2. This is symptomatic of the ‘We are right, the rest of the world is wrong’ culture that American policy seems to promote.

  3. Americans cannot accept that their culture promotes psycopathologies, and that their children are profound victims of this aberrant method of child-raising; Most Americans are bad, neglectful patents.  One need only examine the rampant anti-social behaviors of American teens (e.g., monolitihic bedroom socio-ecologies) to know this is a huge problem.  Hitlers and Pol Pots this way come.

    Most American parents are comfortable oblivious the psycho-social sickness of their children.
    Most Americans do not actively participate in their childrens’ lives; They ignore their children,
    believing they are fine, normal human beings.

    American Teens: Monsters in The Making

    rob@egoz.org

  4. DoF:Rob, kids have always been rotten and cruel.

    Just as every generation believes they’re smarter than the generation that came before and wiser than the generation that came after.

    LH: This is symptomatic of the ‘We are right, the rest of the world is wrong’ culture that American policy seems to promote.

    Has this anything to do with their seemingly bible-based Kultcha?
    And, wouldn’t any other country, if it had the power, act the same?
    Having spent a coupla months in this playground has compelled me to see Americans as a collective, in a Different, and dare I say Better, light.
    I used to paint y’all in the same colour. I see now that, like any country I presume, you have your nice bastards AND bad bastards.
    It also seems your BBs make more noise and give all NBs a bad name.
    And, Rob, try getting outa the other side of the bed.
    You sound like me when I have the shits. Not a good look, mate. LOL
    As for the debacle called Iraq I have plenty of finger-pointing observations (including my Prime Minister and his cabinet) but NO solutions.
    I do know that many more will die in the process of finding the way home. long face

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