Tuesday, October 19, 2004

US troops guilty of Mass Murder?

(via CounterColumn)

Sy Hersh?

Never heard of him... at least I didn't recognize the name...

But... have you heard of My Lai? Abu Ghraib? Well, he's the guy who broke both of those stories.

Now he has another one...

Mr. Hersh spoke in front of a Berkley crowd on October 8th and dropped this bombshell on them.

In the evening's most emotional moment, Hersh talked about a call he had gotten from a first lieutenant in charge of a unit stationed halfway between Baghdad and the Syrian border. His group was bivouacking outside of town in an agricultural area, and had hired 30 or so Iraqis to guard a local granary. A few weeks passed. They got to know the men they hired, and to like them. Then orders came down from Baghdad that the village would be "cleared." Another platoon from the soldier's company came and executed the Iraqi granary guards. All of them.

"He said they just shot them one by one. And his people, and he, and the villagers of course, went nuts," Hersh said quietly. "He was hysterical, totally hysterical. He went to the company captain, who said, 'No, you don't understand, that's a kill. We got 36 insurgents. Don't you read those stories when the Americans say we had a combat maneuver and 15 insurgents were killed?'

"It's shades of Vietnam again, folks: body counts," Hersh continued. "You know what I told him? I said, 'Fella, you blamed the captain, he knows that you think he committed murder, your troops know that their fellow soldiers committed murder. Shut up. Complete your tour. Just shut up! You're going to get a bullet in the back.' And that's where we are in this war."

Now honestly, most of what I read from the article, the guy sounds like a tin-foil hat moonbat. But sheesh, the guy has credentials.

If this is true, there needs to be an investigation. If true, it would be damning and probably destroy all that has been accomplished. But the truth needs to come out.

One note of caution... if this is true, why is he spouting this out on a college campus instead of doing some investigative journalism? Why aren't there other journalists on a story like this. Certainly this is Pulitzer Prize material...


At October 20, 2004 at 3:02 PM, Blogger Joel Gaines said...

Atrios has credentials too.

At October 20, 2004 at 10:35 PM, Blogger BobCat said...

I think his tin foil hat was not properly fitted over the bent coat hangers. I have 4 good friends involved in combat and have never heard anybody even hearing any crap like that.


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