US war crimes in Iraq

This video on the Iraq war is called Iraq – The Hidden Story: American Atrocities.

From the New Zealand Herald:

Fifty US veterans describe atrocities against Iraqis

Thursday July 12, 2007

By Leonard Doyle

WASHINGTON – It is an axiom of American political life that the actions of the US military are beyond criticism.

Democrats and Republicans praise the men and women in uniform at every turn.

Aside the odd bad apple in Abu Ghraib, the US military in Iraq is deemed to be doing a heroic job under trying circumstances.

That perception has taken a severe knock today with the publication in The Nation magazine of a series of in-depth interviews with fifty combat veterans of the Iraq war from across the United States.

In thousands of pages of typewritten interviews, veterans described in stark detail the everyday acts of violence in which US forces have abused or killed Iraqi men, women and children with impunity.

The report steers clear of widely reported atrocities – such as the massacre in Haditha in 2005 – but instead unearths instead a pattern of human rights abuses through the testimony of veterans of the war in Iraq.

“It’s not individual atrocity,” said Specialist Garett Reppenhagen, a sniper from the 263rd Armor Battalion, “It’s the fact that the entire war is an atrocity.”

A number have themselves returned home bearing mental and physical scars from fighting a war in an environment in which the insurgents are supported by the population.

Many war veterans interviewed have come to actively oppose the US military presence in Iraq, joining the groundswell of public opinion across the United States that views the war as futile.

This view is being echoed in Washington where increasing numbers of Democrats and Republicans are now openly calling for an early withdrawal from Iraq.

And the Iraqi quagmire has pushed President George W. Bush’s poll ratings to an all-time low.

Journalists and human rights groups have published numerous reports, drawing attention to the killing of Iraqi civilians by US forces.

The Nation’s investigation has for the first time presented named military witnesses who openly back those assertions – some participated themselves.

See also here.

And here.

Haditha update 21 October 2007: here.

Call to stop the Iraq war: here.

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