Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Former Troops Testify About Alleged War Crimes

TORONTO (CP) - A former United States marine told a refugee hearing for an American war dodger Tuesday that trigger-happy U.S. soldiers in Iraq routinely killed unarmed woman and children, and murdered other Iraqis in violation of international law.

Hmm, a former marine is testifying to this now, must be serious.

In chilling testimony intended to bolster the asylum claim of compatriot Jeremy Hinzman, former staff sergeant Jimmy Massey recounted how nervous soldiers trained to believe that all Iraqis were potential terrorists often opened fire indiscriminately. (emphasis mine)

Ahh, that's an excellent reason to come out with the truth.

On several occasions, his soldiers pumped hundreds of bullets into cars that failed to stop at U.S. military checkpoints, killing all occupants - who were later found to be unarmed, Massey said.

On another occasion, marines reacted to a stray bullet by killing a small group of unarmed protesters and bystanders, said Massey, who said he suffers from nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hate to break it to ya bud, but we've already heard about these incidents. Tragic accidents, but not murder. The car didn't just fail to stop at a checkpoint, it spead through and almost hit a soldier. In the second case, they weren't "unarmed" bystanders, they were armed firing into the air. That's where the stray bullet came from nibblehead. The soldiers mistook them for enemy terrorists.

You'll have to forgive me if I don't take this guy's testimony seriously. Since he and his buddy are looking for asylum for deserting, I would say that would be a slight blow to his credibility. Of course the left won't say so, in their eyes the military is all guilty until proven guilty. Go read the rest, get mad, just don't punch your monitor, it doesn't work.