Sunday, September 26, 2004

An Iraqi battalion that was supposed to help Marines fight insurgents has fallen apart because of the U.S. decision to invade Fallujah. Even the U.S. military acknowledges that decision was a huge mistake. It put the Iraqi Guard in an impossible position: If they invaded Fallujah with the Marines, they'd be fighting and killing their own people, and they knew they would pay for that with their lives. They chose to flee instead. Rajiv Chandrasekaran reported this story in the Washington Post.

"We shouldn't be here....There was no reason for invading this country in the first place. We just came here and [angered people] and killed a lot of innocent people....I don't enjoy killing women and children, it's not my thing." This is the voice of a Marine infantryman in Iraq, one of a number of troops in Iraq who oppose the war, according to an article in the Christian Science Monitor. They are still in the minority, but they are loud.

There may be more such men and women than we think. I discovered a site called Operation Truth that posts the experience of soldiers in Iraq, in their own words.

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