The Real Legacy of the War in Iraq: Impunity

John Glaser, January 05, 2012

In 2005, eight U.S. Marines massacred 24 Iraqi men, women, and children in Haditha, Iraq, most of them civilians. Investigations and press reports found that, contrary to the statements of the Marines, they deliberately killed civilians.

Nevertheless, not one of the eight Marines initially charged has been convicted.

The trial of the eighth and final Marine, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, is being held this week. And it looks like this one will go the way of the previous seven. That is, no accountability for murdering innocents.

Legal experts say military prosecutors face an uphill battle trying to prove, so many years after the killings, that Wuterich’s actions were criminal and not the unfortunate result of being caught in the chaos of war.

“Memories fade, evidence fades or is lost, so that is bound to benefit the accused and that’s too bad, because the trial should not be one that favors one side or other,” Gary Solis, a former Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who teaches law of war at Georgetown University Law Center.

The fact that innocent men, women, and children were murdered is not special and in fact has become too dampened an event for it to really be the legacy of the war. The legacy of the war is that the crimes of America – and Americans – are excused. The criminals who prosecuted the war, from George W. Bush to Staff Sgt. Wuterich, remain unscathed despite the carnage they wrought.




14 Responses to “The Real Legacy of the War in Iraq: Impunity”

  1. are you ok? Do you need help dealing with your feelings? If you want to cry some more I got lots of tissue…. you are a typical liberal sitting at home questioning the military. Right or wrong…. you still want to punish your countries fighters while you sit back and write bullsh-t and cry. Leave the US then….. go live in Haditha. F-ckin liberal cry babies these days, As an Iraq vet in combat 2 times in rough areas. I salute you. And hope you live a nice miserable life crying you cupcake motherf-cker. You sound like a female on her period. Haha.

  2. Maybe he'll get a JINSA award, too. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2081430/255-conf...

  3. Hey Vet, it´s not about picking on military members, but is everything about criminal justice. You are the cry baby here – you are crying because some members of you community had to face justice for the crime of murder, just like any other US citizens would. Justice must be equal for everyone. Get a life Vet.

  4. You call killing woman and children fighting!
    What branch of the service is that.
    I cant wait til all you arseholes have to fight a billion cheap chinese drones.

  5. [...] The fact that innocent men, women, and children were murdered is not special and in fact has become too dampened an event for it to really be the legacy of the war. The legacy of the war is that the crimes of America – and Americans – are excused. The criminals who prosecuted the war, from George W. Bush to Staff Sgt. Wuterich, remain unscathed despite the carnage they wrought. http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2012/01/05/the-real-legacy-of-the-war-in-iraq-impunity/ [...]

  6. This Marine says "Iraq Vet" doesn't speak for me, or for American National Security Interests….
    Dave Boyer, USMC 1970-73.

  7. Yes, how dare anyone question the military hey tough guy. Combat vet? Don't you mean "occupation vet"? You're like an unaccountable cop. Go F**K yourself.

  8. LOL.. You're nothing but a miserable stinking pussy hiding behind my flag and a few hundred billion in US military hardware used to rape and pillage a defenseless culture. Rat Vermin like you are a disgrace to the once respected US military and are why we now have the moral authority of toe fungus. Frankly, I have more respect for that than I do filth like you… "vet boy"

  9. Hi by reading the language of a n American vet I am hardly surprized the whole civilized world who cannot be bribed or bought hates the GIs

  10. How many children did you kill, tough guy?

  11. Actually, the main lesson of the Iraq war, the elephant in the room no one wants to speak of, is that we have claimed the liberty to do whatever we want to do around the world, to whomever we want to do it to, and no one stands in our way. That may make us feel patriotic, but a man may love his country too much…false Gods come in many forms. Secondarily, surely it opens the way for other big countries to do the same and then wouldn't we look like idiots complaining? But then, after much thought, this conservative has come to the conclusion that's exactly what we are.

  12. [...] importantly, no blame has dared been placed on the shoulders of those who were responsible for it. As I wrote last week, the real legacy of the Iraq war is not the lies that got us into it, it was not even the civilian [...]

  13. Are you human? Do you need help with your brain damage? Are you suffering from government fear-mongering propaganda lies? Do you believe there are boogie men hiding behind every shrub?

    How to Start a War: The American Use of War Pretext Incidents. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va

    Animals like "Iraq vet" should be caged in a zoo as they completely disgrace the entire military establishment.

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