Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Iraq Veteran on the slaughter of Iraqi civilians and journalists

Josh Stieber is a former soldier of the company shown in the video recently released by Wikileaks (Bravo Company 2-16 features in David Finkel's book the Good Soldiers), which showed U.S. soldiers killing civilians including a Reuters photographer. Josh Stieber is now a conscientious objector and writes an interesting blog where he wrote this:
"A lot of my friends are in that video. Nine times out of ten, that's the way things ended up. Killing was following military protocol. It was going along with the rules as they are.... If these videos shock and revolt you, it's because they show the reality of what war is like. If you don’t like what you see in them, it means we should be working harder towards alternatives to war....Secretary Gates put his seal of approval on the attack. We're funding the war with our tax dollars. We have to decide if this really represents us as a country, is this what we really value?"
The Company that Josh Stieber was part of- Bravo Company 2-16- features in David Finkel's book the Good Soldiers, which is published in Australia by Scribe Publications

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