posted on May, 8 2004 @ 09:02 AM
This bizarre behavior is a lack of training and indoctrination of the reasons for which the Geneva conventions must be strictly observed.
The training a soldier receives in Basic Combat Training is just that... BASIC. Most of your real training and knowledge is acquired over an extended
period at soldiers' permanent duty. Guard and reserve units have no permanent party and the weekends they spend at drill are ususally relegated to
vehicle and equipment maintenance.
I have spent extensive time in classrooms and studying correspondence courses learning the Geneva conventions and Law of Land warfare, and that
extensive training and personal dedication is what is required to understand one's role with regard to the conventions. Even more difficult it is to
recognize and understand the importance of adherence, and the consequences of the failure to adhere.
Well, we all can see now what those consequenses are, and we will assuredly see more of those consequenses well into the future. Our credibility in
the world's eyes has been compromised even more now since the abuses took place, and the Iraqi people who didn't like our involvement there in the
first place now have great cause and justification for more fighting. We just humiliated people in a way that is not only personally destructive for
the victims, but in a way that is an affront to their chosen diety.
The extremists are waging holy war against us because they view our policies and procedures to be offensive to Allah, which is fine, but now, our
actions have proved offensive even to the typical American God, which leaves us little recourse for argument.
Here's the deal: Bad Dog=Bad Owner... Bad Kid=Bad Parent... Bad SOLDIER=Bad LEADER!
Give these kids their BAD CONDUCT discharges, but NAIL the leadership of the 300th MP Brigade and make an example of them that will not soon be
That oughta fix something.