[Marxism] KILL THEM ALL and let God sort it out was Fallujah Rules of Engagement

Brian Shannon Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Thu May 5 09:48:30 MDT 2005


The marine corporal whose killing of a wounded Iraq prisoner in a 
mosque in Fallujah has been acquitted. He will not face any charges. 
All his actions were performed within the rules of engagement.

As we know, it was U.S. occupation policy to not allow men between 15 
and 55 to leave Fallujah before the aborted April 2004 onslaught 
(broken off because of world opposition) and the final November 2004 
attack.

In other words, the U.S. forces wanted to trap them there in order to 
kill them all.

The rules of engagement in November were to kill them all. This is from 
a photographer for the LA Times:

“The JAG officer gave the rules of engagement: see a man 30 years or 
younger, light them up, woman 30 years or younger, light them up. 
Someone with a cell phone, light them up.”
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/

The New York Times AP article below says:
“According to the Marine Corps, an enhanced videotape of the shooting 
supports the corporal’s claim that the wounded Iraqi was concealing his 
left arm behind his head. Although the Marines said it was unclear from 
the video whether the Iraqi made any overtly threatening gestures, 
enemy forces commonly feigned death.”

In any case, those of “military age” in Fallujah knew that they were 
going to be killed whatever they did. Putting aside the right of any 
occupied people to fight back by any means necessary, whether a wounded 
Iraq intended to fire, throw a grenade, etc., or just lay there, they 
were going to be killed.

The very day that it was announced that this corporal was acquitted, it 
is revealed that “The first Army investigator who looked into the death 
of former NFL player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan last year found within 
days that he was killed by his fellow Rangers in an act of ‘gross 
negligence,’ but Army officials decided not to inform Tillman’s family 
or the public until weeks after a nationally televised memorial 
service.”
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7727612/

Those who covered this up included “the theater commander, Gen. John P. 
Abizaid."

Some day, there will be a collection of known liars and known coverups. 
Of course, as Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld might say, there will also 
be many unknown known coverups. Here is the well-known bridge incident, 
for which former star West Point football quarterback Lt. Col. Nate 
Sassaman was reprimanded for his role in the coverup.
http://makeashorterlink.com/?I1C65260B
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The New York Times, May 5, 2005

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Marine corporal captured on video shooting an 
apparently injured and unarmed Iraqi did not violate the rules of 
engagement and will not face a court-martial, the Marine Corps 
announced.
...
In sworn statements, the corporal said he shot three insurgents in 
self-defense in the mosque Nov. 13, believing they posed a threat to 
him and his fellow Marines, the statement said. Autopsy results showed 
that all three died of multiple wounds from gunshots fired from the 
corporal’s M-16.

One of the shootings was recorded by Kevin Sites, an NBC cameraman 
embedded with the Marines, and the dramatic footage prompted outrage 
among Iraqis and an immediate investigation by the Marine Corps.

In the video, as the cameraman moved into the mosque, a Marine in the 
background could be heard shouting obscenities and yelling that one of 
the men was only pretending to be dead. The Marine then raised his 
rifle toward an Iraqi lying on the floor of the mosque and shot him.
...
The Camp Pendleton statement said the corporal ‘‘could have reasonably 
believed that the AIF (anti-Iraq forces) shown in the videotape posed a 
hostile threat justifying his use of deadly force.’’

Before the opening of the Nov. 8 assault on rebel-held Fallujah, Marine 
commanders told infantrymen that THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT ALLOWED THE 
USE OF DEADLY FORCE AGAINST MEN OF MILITARY AGE DEEMED TO BE HOLDING 
HOSTILE INTENT, even if they didn’t fire on the Marines first. [my 
emphasis in caps]

According to the Marine Corps, an enhanced videotape of the shooting 
supports the corporal’s claim that the wounded Iraqi was concealing his 
left arm behind his head. Although the Marines said it was unclear from 
the video whether the Iraqi made any overtly threatening gestures, 
enemy forces commonly feigned death.

FULL AT http://makeashorterlink.com/?I3145660B

from Brian Shannon




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