Conspiracy in Iraq: The Marine Rape and Slay Scandal

I can’t really offer you any real facts concerning this very real rape and murder scandal involving our real Marines in the extremely real Iraqi War. I can’t do this because it makes me sick to do research on said topic, and while I don’t really care if you think I am a whiny liberal or not, I am going to use this story as a platform for my thoughts on why this war is an illegal one, but more specifically why the whole thing was just a horrible idea. Is this ignorant? Yes. Is it bad for any uniformed individual to spew rhetoric like an uncontrollable geyser of blasphemous opinion? Probably. But God made the internet for a reason, didn’t he?

I like to begin a lot of my political articles with a suggested pretense. This is a cheap way for a writer to mask the fact that he doesn’t have any good ideas, but it’s also a warning for people who might disagree with said writer to, well, stop reading. So I suggest that if you disagree with the broad, sweeping, loaded context that I am about to put forth then you just stop reading. Even if every ounce of your soul tells you otherwise, you should just stop. What’s the point of getting all worked up over a column that uses the Satanic pentagram as its avatar? What could this guy have to say that would be worth a second more of your precious time?

The pretense of this article, which I’ve nastily titled, “Iraqi Rape & Slay is Not the Name of a Hip Nightclub” (isn’t it nasty?), is, “Every American already thinks that President Bush is a horrible leader,” and, “How in God’s name are we ever going to right the atrocities that our current regime have already committed?”

If the words rape and slay make you uncomfortable, that’s okay. There’s nothing good that could come out of a scandal involving those two words, separately or together. Without getting into details, this horrible occurrence (allegedly) involved 5 of our GI’s, a 15-year-old girl and the murder of said girl’s innocent, civilian family. I don’t know anything about this case, do I need to? I don’t blame those soldiers. I have no idea what life in Iraq is like. I can only imagine what it does to the previously sane, young mindset. To say that these perpetrators were simply evil anomalies is a bit naÃ?¯ve, in my opinion. It’s widely known that war does horrible and strange things to the psyche. So, unlike most people (conservative and liberal alike), I won’t crucify these men. No, I won’t do that. I won’t crucify these young men before I first condemn the government that put them in this position.


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