This is done in our name

Evan Knappenberger, who served one year in Iraq with the Army 4th Infantry Division, spoke last weekend in Portland, Oregon with other returned soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan:

We are responsible as soldiers, we are murderers of over one million Iraqis. I participated in burglary, trespassing, knowledgeable negligence, criminal assault and battery, rape by association, and gangsterism, I am standing here today as a criminal – in a sense of the word that only someone who has worn the uniform can understand.

While I was in Iraq, I did many things, but nothing for freedom. We’ve lost this war on the polemic battleground of semantics. By naming arbitrary rules of engagement, we rationalised murder – this I witnessed…by calling it liberation, we justified occupation, this I witnessed…”

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