August 31, 2007
With evidence having emerged that marines were ordered by
superiors to massacre women and children in Haditha in Iraq
two years ago, combined with scores of other testimonies
and reports of such barbaric demands being forced upon American
troops daily, it is clear that organised execution and ritual
slaughter is the set policy of the architects of aggression
in the middle east.
A military court heard Thursday that a US
Marine was ordered to execute a room full of Iraqi women
and children during the massacre in Haditha which left 24
Following a response to roadside bomb attack
in November, 2005 Marines stormed houses in the village.
At the first of the houses, Marine Lance Corporal, Humberto
Mendoza, has given evidence that he was ordered to execute
some of the occupants under the command of Sergeant Frank
Wuterich. Mendoza stated he refused to do so, when confronted
with a room full of women and children. Later he found the
women and children dead. Mendoza had previously admitted
shooting one male occupant of the house dead, under orders.
At one house Wuterich gave an order to shoot on sight
as Marines waited for a response after knocking on the
door, said Mendoza.
"He said 'Just wait till they open the door, then
shoot,'" Mendoza said.
Mendoza then said he shot and killed an adult male who
appeared in a doorway.
During a subsequent search of the house, Mendoza said
he received an order from another Marine, Lance Corporal
Stephen Tatum, to shoot seven women and children he had
found in a rear bedroom.
"When I opened the door there was just women and
kids, two adults were lying down on the bed and there were
three children on the bed ... two more were behind the bed,"
"I looked at them for a few seconds. Just enough
to know they were not presenting a threat ... they looked
scared. I told him there were women and kids inside there.
He said 'Well, shoot them,'" Mendoza told prosecutor
Lieutenant Colonel Sean Sullivan.
"And what did you say to him?" Sullivan asked.
"I said 'But they're just women and children.' He
didn't say nothing."
Mendoza said he returned to a position at the front of
the house and heard a door open behind him followed by a
loud noise. Returning later that afternoon to conduct body
retrieval, Mendoza said he found a room full of corpses.
In previous testimony
it has also been suggested that the troops stopped random
passing cars, ordered passengers out and lined them up and
shot them one by one at near-point blank range with M16
Wuterich's defense is expected to argue that
he followed established combat zone rules of engagement.
Given that Haditha is not an isolated incident this seems
an accurate description.
A 2006 article
adapted from the book "Ten Excellent Reasons Not to
Join the Military," edited by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg,
documents many other testimonies of troops on the ground
who have confirmed that they are routinely ordered to kill
There is constant pressure to kill Iraqi civilians, 22-year-old
GI Darrell Anderson said. "At traffic stops we kill
innocent people all the time. If you are fired on from
the street, you are supposed to fire on everybody that
is there. If I am in a market, I shoot people who are
War crimes in Iraq are not mere aberrations. They emanate
from official policies regarding the aims and conduct of the
occupation, the article concludes:
It is official policy, for example, to use cluster bombs
in populated areas. Soldiers and Marines merely carry
out the policy. It was official policy, under Operation
Iron Hammer, to put barbed wire around villages, to bulldoze
crops, to bomb homes, and to hold families in jail until
they released insurgent information. It was official policy
to level Fallujah, a city of 300,000 people, as an act
of collective punishment.
The list goes on. It was official policy to torture
detainees at Abu Ghraib, it was official policy
all military age males" in Iraq, it is
official policy to use radioactive Depleted
Uranium weapons and deadly white phosphorus
in civilian areas in Iraq. The wanton destruction from the
air of cities, towns, and villages witnessed on the first
night of the war and almost everyday since is official policy
When will the official policies be recognized for what
they are, official war crimes?
The systematic killing of civilians in Iraq
and throughout the middle east by aggressive forces under
the control of the elite usurpers of our governments is
clear. Our controlled media is also complicit in its ignorance,
its pandering spin and the outright lies we continue to
have to endure and break down with every passing day.
Prominent critics and commentators have blasted
the mainstream media for failing to portray the brutal reality
of the systematic policy of slaughter.
Acclaimed director Brian De Palma, whose new
film "Redacted" has stunned audiences with its
graphic telling of the horrific true story of another Iraq
war crime, has stated:
"In Vietnam, when we saw the images and the sorrow
of the people we were traumatizing and killing, we saw the
soldiers wounded and brought back in body bags. We see none
of that in this war. It's all out there on the Internet,
you can find it if you look for it, but it's not in the
major media. The media is now really part of the corporate
De Palma has asserted that it is only the brutal reality
seen in the pictures and videos that are routinely ignored
by the establishment media that will incense the public
enough to force the conflict to be stopped.
Paul Craig Roberts, former Secretary to the
Treasury under Reagan, has also blasted the mainstream media
in a powerful
piece today stating:
"The US media focuses on whether Republican Senator
Larry Craig is a homosexual or has offended gays by denying
being one of them. The run-up for the public's attention
is why a South Carolina beauty queen cannot answer a simple
question about why her generation is unable to find the
United States on a map."
Roberts describes Bush as "high on the
list of mass murderers of all time". With conservatively
over one million Iraqis having lost their lives in this
war "The vast majority of "kills" by the
US military in Iraq and Afghanistan are civilians, the war
criminal is in the living room, and no official notice is
taken of the fact" he writes.
He warns that the same will happen in Iran
very soon if this administration and the power brokers behind
it are not halted right away:
"Encouraged by the indifference of both the American
media and Christian churches to the massive casualties inflicted
on Iraqi civilians, the Bush administration will not be
deterred by the prospect of its air attacks inflicting massive
casualties on Iranian civilians. Last summer the Bush administration
demonstrated to the entire world its total disdain for Muslim
life when Bush supported Israel's month-long air attack
on Lebanese civilian infrastructure and civilian residences.
President Bush blocked the attempt by the rest of the world
to halt the gratuitous murder of Lebanese civilians and
infrastructure destruction. Clearly, turning the Muslim
Middle East into a wasteland is the Bush policy. For Bush,
civilian casualties are a non-issue. Hegemony uber alles."
Every instance described here provides evidence
of direct violation of the Geneva Conventions, which state
(Part IV, Article 48):combatants "shall at all times
distinguish between the civilian population and combatants,
between civilian objects and military objectives and, accordingly,
shall direct their operations only against military objectives."
The conventions were established in the aftermath of the
Nazi's indiscriminate slaughter of millions of civilians
throughout Europe. It is clear that our own modern day aggressors
do not believe they are bound by the conventions, nor any
international laws of war that have come before, and will
do whatever it takes to ensure their empire building proceeds
Unless we address the reality of the war crimes
we have seen unfold in the last 6 years alone, and continue
in our attempts to do the job that the corporate media whores
are paid not to, we betray our ethical and moral principles,
we betray our countries, and we betray the freedom that
has been protected for so long by those before us.