The pubic focuses on the atrocities–if it bleeds, it leads–but the real problems are the war and the dehumanizing indoctrination given our troops which makes them inclined to commit the atrocities.
An excellent piece by a brother from Veterans For Peace. Scott Camil is president of the Gainesville, FL, chapter. He is a former Marine Corps sergeant and served four years in Vietnam. He really nails this…definitely worth a read. [reprinted from cnn.com]
Camil: “…if we’re going to talk about rules of war, we have to start with the powerful people who chose to put those soldiers there. The No.1 war crime is starting a war, because all other war crimes emanate from that first crime.”
“Preparing for these wars means continuing to train our children to hurt and kill other humans. This involves a process of dehumanization that is in conflict with the training required to produce good citizens in a democratic society.”