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For nearly 12 years, staff sergeant Jimmy Massey was a hard-hearted US marine. He arrived in Iraq in March 2003 as part of US invasion troops with 45 men under his command; they did not hesitate at killing innocent civilians. Massey attended the most recent Caracas Book Fair, where he presented his book "Cowboys of Hell," a crude testimony about the genocide being committed every day by the United States against the Iraqi people. The ex-marine gave an interview to Cuban journalist Rosa Mirian Elizalde.
The term often given, when a young man finds himself in the situation that Jimmy found himself in is called Cognitive Dissonance. It is the term used when incompatibility of a belief system conflicts with the actions of the individual.
Do you really believe anything published in Cuban media?
Bastien said he and another soldier used stolen AK47 military rifles to shoot at civilians while their unit patrolled Baghdad neighborhoods while they were in Iraq. “So if there were any questions when the shooting was heard, Bastien said they could claim they were taking on hostile fire.”
A Pentagon group has encouraged some U.S. military snipers in Iraq to target suspected insurgents by scattering pieces of "bait," such as detonation cords, plastic explosives and ammunition, and then killing Iraqis who pick up the items, according to military court documents.
In short, there were so many holes in Massey's stories, you could march a Marine battalion threw them. When pressed for corroboration, he would confess to not seeing these incidents but being told about them by other Marines. Sound familiar? That's exactly what John Kerry said after he gave speeches and testified before congress about atrocities committed during the Vietnam War. And the news media bought his stories without the least bit of corroboration. Same as the media did with Sgt. Jimmy Massey. Why? Because too many journalists wanted to believe these phony stories. They fit in nicely with their personal view of soldiers, intelligence officers even police officers.
One question Americans should ask is why isn't Sgt. Massey locked up for the atrocities he admits he committed in Iraq? How about a special prosecutor to investigate Massey and his newfound friends and allies in the antiwar movement?