Tragedy Of Iraq Lives On

Events occur in all wars that those who committed them wish had never occurred. Today, Bush is chopping wood, attending football games and giving speeches for money without a single concern in his mind over what he did to millions of young Americans. Dick Cheney just published a book in which blame for what transpired in Iraq was the fault of many, but not him. A new Wikileaks cable reveals that on March 15, 2006, a group of American soldiers entered a house in Ishaqi in Iraq and killed ten people, including five children and four women. They subsequently called in an air strike to wipe out evidence of the crime.

Philip Alson, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions sent a cable about the incident 12 days after the killings. In the cable he states “troops entered the house, handcuffed all residents and executed them.” This is a horrible event. The bottom line is those who ordered men into battle also bear responsibility for what transpires in fighting. Not a single one of these men or women has ever been charged with a crime.