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Please Step Down, Mr. Rumsfeld


June 2, 2006

"My daddy tried to open the door to let the Americans in, but he was immediately shot in the head and body," Safa said.

"I heard Younis speaking to the Americans, saying: 'I am a friend. I am good,' “Fahmi said, "but they killed him, and his wife and daughters."

"I was the only one who survived. I watched them kill my entire family. I am all alone now," Safa said, crying.

Twenty four innocent and unarmed Iraqi civilians were killed unjustifiably by US Marines on November 19th, 2005. The brutally slain civilians included children and the women that were trying to shield them.

“The girls killed inside Khafif's house were ages 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1, according to death certificates,” reports the Washington Post.

As these most recent allegations unfold – and with the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo incidents as a backdrop - the moral supremacy and self-righteous rhetoric of this administration seem more and more as an invitation for lawless lash outs that range from torture to the massacre of innocents.

Blanket signifiers procured by this administration like the “Axis of Evil,” and other sensational expressions used by the administration, imbue U.S. troops with a certain psychological reductionism that lends itself to dehumanizing the other.

When a soldier dons the emblematic T-shirt, “Property of the U.S. Army,” or “Property of the U.S. Marines,” it is a testament to the contract that is signed by every soldier upon recruitment. When things go wrong, should not the property holder bear the brunt of the responsibility?

Our soldiers also don “dog tags.” When we walk that loving puppy in someone else’s yard and it defecates… who cleans the mess?

Faulty intelligence led to the waging of this illegal war; misleading explanations have been construed to absolve.

Both have now been replaced with outright cover-up.

As we speak, Saddam Hussein is rightfully being tried for the murder of innocent Iraqi civilians amongst other crimes.

Are Iraq’s civilians any less innocent now that they are being killed by American soldiers in the name of erecting democracy and freedom, rather than by Baathist soldiers operating under a dictatorship? If not, then I ask that Mr. Rumsfeld be tried for the brazen murder of Iraqi civilians on his watch and under his failed leadership.

Until that day comes, please step down Mr. Rumsfeld.


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