mr. zilla goes to town

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

the road to hell is paved by halliburton

Seymour Hersh spoke at Berkeley last Friday, October 8th. Jonathan Schwarz at Tiny Revolution typed up part what he said from the Real Video file. The story begins at about 41:45.

HERSH:
I got a call last week from a soldier -- it's different now, a lot of communication, 800 numbers. He's an American officer and he was in a unit halfway between Baghdad and the Syrian border. It's a place where we claim we've done great work at cleaning out the insurgency. He was a platoon commander. First lieutenant, ROTC guy.

It was a call about this. He had been bivouacing outside of town with his platoon. It was near, it was an agricultural area, and there was a granary around. And the guys that owned the granary, the Iraqis that owned the granary... It was an area that the insurgency had some control, but it was very quiet, it was not Fallujah. It was a town that was off the mainstream. Not much violence there. And his guys, the guys that owned the granary, had hired, my guess is from his language, I wasn't explicit -- we're talking not more than three dozen, thirty or so guards. Any kind of work people were dying to do. So Iraqis were guarding the granary. His troops were bivouaced, they were stationed there, they got to know everybody...

They were a couple weeks together, they knew each other. So orders came down from the generals in Baghdad, we want to clear the village, like in Samarra. And as he told the story, another platoon from his company came and executed all the guards, as his people were screaming, stop. And he said they just shot them one by one. He went nuts, and his soldiers went nuts. And he's hysterical. He's totally hysterical. And he went to the captain. He was a lieutenant, he went to the company captain. And the company captain said, "No, you don't understand. That's a kill. We got thirty-six insurgents."

You read those stories where the Americans, we take a city, we had a combat, a hundred and fifteen insurgents are killed. You read those stories. It's shades of Vietnam again, folks, body counts...

You know what I told him? I said, fella, I said: you've complained to the captain. He knows you think they committed murder. Your troops know their fellow soldiers committed murder. Shut up. Just shut up. Get through your tour and just shut up. You're going to get a bullet in the back. You don't need that. And that's where we are with this war. "


Via Atrios.

2 Comments:

  • And just think, this report is only a small account of what has occurred in that "sovereign nation". What I find most interesting about the Yankee killing abroad is the number of victims left to rot in the streets. If soldiers are going to annihilate the domestic population, shouldn't they bury their victims?

    By Blogger Malicious Monk, at 5:07 pm  

  • and let's not think too hard about all the stories that havent come out of the _women_ who ended up in Abu Ghraib because they'd be dead if they did

    By Blogger mister z, at 12:44 pm  

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