vruz: but wikileaks is evil.
A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.
This cell phone photo was shot by a resident of Ishaqi on March 15, 2006, of bodies Iraqi police said were of children executed by U.S. troops after a night raid there. A State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks quotes the U.N. investigator of extrajudicial killings as saying an autopsy showed the residents of the house had been handcuffed and shot in the head, including children under the age of 5. McClatchy obtained the photo from a resident when the incident occurred.
Alston initially posed his questions to the U.S. Embassy in Geneva, which passed them to Washington in the cable. According to Alston’s version of events, American troops approached a house in Ishaqi, which Alston refers to as “Al-Iss Haqi,” that belonged to Faiz Harrat Al-Majma’ee, whom Alston identified as a farmer. The U.S. troops were met with gunfire, Alston said, that lasted about 25 minutes.
After the firefight ended, Alston wrote, the “troops entered the house, handcuffed all residents and executed all of them. After the initial MNF intervention, a U.S. air raid ensued that destroyed the house.” The initials refer to the official name of the military coalition, the Multi-National Force.
Alston said “Iraqi TV stations broadcast from the scene and showed bodies of the victims (i.e. five children and four women) in the morgue of Tikrit. Autopsies carries (sic) out at the Tikrit Hospital’s morgue revealed that all corpses were shot in the head and handcuffed.”
War Inc: Pentagon uses video games and movies as recruitment propaganda.
They also make a really good point about the bad economy as a recruitment tool. A lack of job prospects is why I was ready to join for a while. You also have a lot of students like myself, with degrees in topics like mathematics, who are struggling to find a job and well, the military sounds alluring when they forgive your loan debt and pay you $50k a year right out of school
vruz: buy them kids on the cheap with state money and send them to the war front to fight the billionaires’ wars. so much for exceptionalism, predation of the young at the expense of the old is the way decaying empires have always been.