Sunday :: Apr 18, 2004

Snipers


by paradox

A cursory cruise around the news wires keeps yielding sentences like this:

AP 04/18/04: “Some were shot by Marine snipers as they left their homes to use outdoor toilets behind their houses, the doctor told the Arab television station Al-Arabiyah”

Lunaville 04/18/04: “...He wept as he recalled his 8-year-old daughter who he said was killed by a U.S. sniper in Fallujah a week ago.”

Not liking this, I went over to Google and was chilled to find many, many results:

“sniper Fallujah” Google search 04/18/04: "Suddenly a young boy was brought in. He had been shot in the head by an American sniper while his family had tried to leave their house waving a white flag."

For a fascinating, incredibly good book on the world of Marine Corps sniping, Jarhead is highly recommended.

The Left Coaster isn’t here to state as empirical fact that many Marine sniper teams are slaughtering civilians in Iraq. What can be stated with certainty is that because of this war and too many sniper stories like this the perception of civilian slaughter will be stated as fact to almost all the rest of the world. No one will believe our claims of innocence because Bush, Cheney, Powell and Rumsfeld have lied too many times.

Because of sniper stories like this the threat level of every citizen in the United States has gone permanently up. As surely as the sun will rise today, there will be payback. Some day, somewhere in the future, US citizens and soldiers will be killed and horribly maimed in retribution for a war and deaths of innocents that all has made us all dramatically less safe.

paradox :: 6:29 AM :: Comments (18) :: Digg It!