Reports of U.S. soldiers killing unarmed Iraq citizens are legion. Here are a few:
- Samarra, Early May, 2006: U.S. troops killed three unarmed civilians, including a 60-year-old woman and a mentally handicapped man.
- Fallujah, April 29, 2006: U.S soldiers fire into a crowd of protesters, killing 14 and injuring at least 75 others
- Fallujah, April 30, 2006: Soldiers fire into a crowd protesting the killings from the previous day, and again, three unarmed civilians are killed and others are injured
- Haditha, Nov. 19, 2005: As many as 24 people killed, including a three-year-old girl
- Baghdad: 11 people killed, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant
- Fallujah, Nov., 2005: The U.S. uses napalm-like weapons against civilians
- Tikrit, Jan. 3, 2004: Soldiers use a machine gun to splatter a taxi with bullets, killing four people, including a seven-year-old boy
Human Rights Watch has issued a 56-page report, Hearts and Minds: Post-War Civilian Casualties in Baghdad by U.S. Forces, that confirms 20 deaths in Baghdad alone between May 1 and September 30 or last year.
Complete records of Iraqi civilian casualties since the invasion of Iraq have not been kept by the U.S. military. Gen. Tommy Franks snarkily commented, "We do not do body counts." Reports across the globe vary wildly, with some suggesting 100,000 or more. IraqBodyCount.net keeps a running database, and their total stands at between 38,000 and 42,000. Wherever the number stands, only five investigations have been ordered of these events.
Do we blame the White House for its creation of bogus reasons leading us into the illegal war against Iraq? Do we blame the Marines, who went crazy and executed innocent people who happened to be nearby after the war death of their fallen comrades? Do we blame the military machine that drives the U.S. economy and propels us toward war with a quivering trigger finger? Maybe all of the above and ourselves for not voicing our outrage loudly and forcefully enough to affect change.