I killed innocent Iraqis for fun

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Communism, May 19, 2004.

  1. Communism

    Communism Member

    What experiences turned you against the war and made you leave the Marines?

    I was in charge of a platoon that consists of machine gunners and missile men. Our job was to go into certain areas of the towns and secure the roadways. There was this one particular incident – and there's many more – the one that really pushed me over the edge. It involved a car with Iraqi civilians. From all the intelligence reports we were getting, the cars were loaded down with suicide bombs or material. That's the rhetoric we received from intelligence. They came upon our checkpoint. We fired some warning shots. They didn't slow down. So, we lit them up.

    Lit up? You mean you fired machine guns?

    Right. Every car that we lit up we were expecting ammunition to go off. But we never heard any. Well, this particular vehicle we didn't destroy completely, and one gentleman looked up at me and said: "Why did you kill my brother? We didn't do anything wrong." That hit me like a ton of bricks.

    Baghdad was being bombed. The civilians were trying to get out, right?

    Yes. They received pamphlets, propaganda we dropped on them. It said, "Just throw up your hands, lay down weapons." That's what they were doing, but we were still lighting them up. They weren't in uniform. We never found any weapons.

    You got to see the bodies and casualties?

    Yeah, firsthand. I helped throw them in a ditch.

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