A small Marine convoy was struck by a roadside bomb, killing Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas. The Marines were wounded and outraged..Angry and wanting to strike out at whoever had killed their comrade. They have been placed in an impossible situation.
Our Marines are a conventional strike force, trained and equipped to bring destruction on the conventional forces of a conventional enemy. They now sit in the midst of a civil war between three irrational sects in a country where they don't speak the language, are completely distrusted by all three sides, and stick out like the black guy at the Southern Baptist Church in Crossville.
(Sorry for that one, but you know it's accurate)
"My name is Safa Younis. I'm 12 years old."
An Iraqi journalism student aked the young girl, "What did the American soldiers do when they broke into the house?"
"They knocked at the door," Younis says. "My father went to open it, they shot him dead from behind the door, and then they shot him again after they opened the door."
"Then comes one American soldier and shot [at] us all," she says. "I pretended to be dead … and he did not know about me."
...At first, the Marines acknowledged civilian deaths, but said they were caused by the roadside bomb. Later, they said the civilians were caught in the crossfire of a gunfight with insurgents.
Now, military investigators believe the only gunfire came from the Marines themselves.
24 iraqi civilians died. Murdered, apparently, by enraged American forces seeking revenge.
Have we become animals?