US Soldiers Murdering Iraqis

Killing innocent civilians is tantamount to murder. It is murder. An effective effort must be made by the Pentagon to remedy this serious violation of ethics and human rights. Civilians have a right to live without fear of being raped, killed or tortured by an occupying military force.
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Associated Press Writer

In a survey of U.S. troops in combat in Iraq, less than half of Marines and a little more than half of Army soldiers said they would report a member of their unit for killing or wounding an innocent civilian.

More than 40 percent support the idea of torture in some cases, and 10 percent reported personally abusing Iraqi civilians, the Pentagon said Friday in what it called its first ethics study of troops at the war front. Units exposed to the most combat were chosen for the study, officials said.
Only 47 percent of the soldiers and 38 percent of Marines said noncombatants should be treated with dignity and respect.

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