Shahzad Bhatti

August 28, 2006

Where’s the outrage? U.S. troops have been accused of committing atrocities in Iraq. Americans should care.

Filed under: Politics — admin @ 7:12 pm

Where’s the outrage? U.S. troops have been accused of committing atrocities in Iraq. Americans should care.
* Abeer Qassim al-Janabi is not a household name, though perhaps she should be. The 14-year-old girl was repeatedly raped, then shot to death in her home March 12. Her body was set on fire. Her mother, father and sister also were murdered.
nstead, the murders are another horror piled on top of a series of horrors, including the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last year and the torture at Abu Ghraib prison.
* Together, the brutalities have contributed to a desensitizing of the American public to atrocities in Iraq. As repugnant as they are, we have learned to write them off as part of the tragedy of this war.
* “Almost surely, [the crimes] will be treated as another byproduct of the war,” said Charles Moskos, a Northwestern University professor and a military expert. “I doubt that even the opponents of the war will make much of it as they do not want to be seen as anti-soldier.
* Among those charged with the rape and murder of al-Janabi is Steven Green, an Army private who has since been discharged for a personality disorder. He denies wrongdoing, but before the incident he told a Washington Post reporter, “Over here, killing people is like squashing an ant. I mean, you kill somebody and it’s like, `All right, let’s go get some pizza.'”

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