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BORN TO KILL [anyone!]

Posted by terres on May 12, 2009

Ticking Time Bombs

See if you can work out the logic flow

i. Intelligent humans don’t kill other people
ii. Unintelligent people can and do kill
iii. Training and arming unintelligent people to kill turns them into assassination machines. They become a deadly threat to everyone!

A US soldier shot dead five of his colleagues at Camp Liberty, a base near the Iraqi capital Baghdad yesterday.

The US President Barack Obama was said to be “shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news from Camp Victory this morning.”


A U.S. Army soldier from Killer Troop, Third Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment works out with a barbell made from spare car parts at Combat Outpost Rabiy in Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on Saturday, March 22, 2008. AP photo. Image may be subject to copyright.

But why? Did he expect a different outcome in Iraq and Afghanistan?

“Any time we lose one of our own, it affects us all,” Colonel John Robinson, a US army spokesman reportedly said.

[Them ragheads don’t mean a thing to any of “us!”]

a soldier at work
A soldier at work.

This news came just a few days after a jury in Kentucky found former US soldier, Steven Green, 24, guilty of rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, and murder of her parents and younger sister.

Three of the 4 other soldiers who were involved in the rape and murder orgy had admitted holding down their victim, raping her and then murdering the family the family’s home in Mahmudiya before torching the building.

Of the other reported cases that spring to mind was the case of another soldier who killed two officers and wounded 14 others at a camp in Kuwait in 2005.

Of course these are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of other cases of murder and rape of not just the Iraqis and Afghans, but of own “comrades in arms,” that remain unreported.

Soldiers at work
Operation Iraqi Freedom!

Here’s a sobering reminder of the illegal Iraqi occupation:

  • Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq:  “1,320,110
  • Number of U.S. Military Personnel perished in U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq:  4,292
  • Up to 500,000 cases of brain injury suffered by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Wounded in action: 31,245 [DoD stats for March 19, 2003 Through May 2, 2009]
  • No of Afghans killed since 2001: 50-100,000 [Who’s counting?]
  • “Coalition of the willing” military fatalities in Afghanistan: 1,145

In January, the more-intelligent-than-his-predecessor President Barack Obama ordered an additional 17,000 American troops into Afghanistan.

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More Psychopaths in Uniform

Posted by terres on April 28, 2009

Ex-soldier bragged about Iraqi rape, deaths: lawyer

By Steve Robrahn

PADUCAH, Kentucky (Reuters) – A former U.S. soldier on trial in the gang rape of an Iraqi girl and the murder of her and her family in the war zone in 2006 was caught in a “perfect storm of insanity,” his lawyer told a jury on Monday.


“Private 1st Class Steven Green, alleged ringleader of the slayings, was only interested in killing Iraqis “nonstop” and bragged during a barbecue celebration later that what he had done was “awesome.” He is on trial in the gang rape of an Iraqi girl Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi, 14, and the murder of her and her family in the war zone in 2006.

But government prosecutors in the same courtroom said former Private 1st Class Steven Green, alleged ringleader of the slayings, was only interested in killing Iraqis “nonstop” and bragged during a barbecue celebration later that what he had done was “awesome.”

Green, 23, is being tried in federal court as a civilian since his arrest came after he was discharged from the U.S. Army later in 2006 for a “personality disorder.”

He is the last of five men charged in the rape of Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, 14, and the slaying of her and her father, mother and 6-year-old sister. The incident unfolded after the soldiers drank whiskey, played cards, and plotted the attack in Mahmudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad, prosecutors have said.

Three of the other soldiers pleaded guilty in the attack and the fourth was convicted, all in military courts-martial. They were given sentences of from five to 100 years, though they could be paroled much sooner. Prosecutors said they are seeking the death penalty for Green.

In opening statements at the trial, Patrick Bouldin, a public defender, said Green’s platoon had been decimated by deaths and injuries before the crime.

“You have to understand the background that leads up to this perfect storm of insanity,” Bouldin told the jury.

Bouldin said Green had sought help dealing with combat stress after the deaths of close colleagues and was unsure whether Iraqis he encountered were friend or foe.

“They couldn’t tell the village people and the farmers from the insurgents and the terrorists,” he said.

IRAQIS HORRIFIED BY CRIME

Green, from Midland, Texas, faces 17 charges including sexual assault, murder, and obstruction of justice.

Outlining the gruesome details of the crime, federal prosecutor Brian Skaret said: “Who could have done these things? It wasn’t done by insurgents or terrorists. It was the work of this man, Steven Green.”

He said Green took his turn raping the girl after he shot to death the girl’s mother, father and sister. He said Green was predisposed to the crime.

“Steven Green wanted to kill Iraqi civilians,” Skaret said. “He wanted to kill them all the time, nonstop.”

After the crime, Skaret said, the men celebrated with a barbecue, and Green was said to have commented “that was awesome.” He also told an Army investigator the day after, “I did that. I killed them,” Skaret said.

The family was chosen because the soldiers viewed them as an easy target, prosecutors have said.

Iraqis were horrified by the crime, one of a series of incidents involving U.S. soldiers that strained relations with the Iraqi government. But the onset of Green’s trial three years later is not resonating with most Iraqis, observers there say.

The incident was portrayed in the 2007 movie “Redacted” by director Brian De Palma, who complained the film was censored by the studio. Its graphic images shocked many viewers.  (Editing by Michael Conlon and Andrew Stern in Chicago)

Copyright Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE53R07N20090428

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