Re: US Soldiers in St. Louis Admit to Rape and Murder in Iraq

Regarding the mother who doubts this story and says she goes on in Iraq, because after all her son is in the army and would never do such things, Umar never claimed that all soldiers rape Iraqi women and mock the men. He says that these alleged soldiers were bragging about doing such things themselves. I believe that Umar's recounting an actual conversation. Whether these young men were telling the truth is an open question in my eyes. They might very well have been, but regardless they revealed the ignorance of their character.

As a military veteran myself, I recognize that a lot of soldiers, probably most, don't commit these acts, and that fewer would boast about it. But I have no doubt that this sort of shit goes on often. These assholes were probably inclined to do such behavior before ever entering the military, and no doubt the millieu of the war invites that shit.

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