Tuesday, March 21, 2006
How to turn peaceful Iraqis into bomb throwing Insurgents
One way is to kill 15 innocent civilians to avenge the death of one marine. BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Residents gave new details Monday about the shootings of civilians in a western Iraqi town, where the U.S. military is investigating allegations of potential misconduct by American troops last November. The residents said troops entered homes and shot and killed 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old girl, after a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine.
"Collateral damage" is a term that has been grossly abused to describe deaths of civilians. But this was not death from the sky. The civilians were shot at close range.