Hi! If you are an American solider in Iraq or Afghanistan, what do you think of the following case?

US solider involved in the rape and murder of a 14 year old girl and the killing of her mother, father and 6-yo sister. The supposed mastermind, Mahmudiyah killings, PFC Steve Dale was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, which is appealing. He said in court "I didn't think of Iraqis as humans." Several other US solider were involved i the incident and are serving prison sentences of various lengths

In another, even more disturbing and bizarre case, US soldiers killed Afghan civilians for "sport" and collected fingers as "trophies"


1. What are your views of this situation as a solider or American?

2. Let's face it. When solider are on duty over sees, they are away from their wives, girlfriends, etc. So they are being deprived of sex and the relationship they would have with their partner. Maybe this got the best of him. Should he be given the benefit of the doubt, let's say a lesser prison sentence?

3. Does this incident have a negative affect on all US troops and the United States as a country. US is suppose to be the "champion of human rights." The US is supposedly there to make Iraq a better country and support the human rights that were non-existent during Mr. Hussein's time. Could this undermine the US' objective in Iraq?

4. Do you think that anger for what happened on 9-11 could have clouded these soldiers judgment to a point that they did not know what they were doing?


1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1340207/I-...

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Dale_Green

3. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/09/us-sol...

4. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?story...

5. http://topics.cnn.com/topics/steven_green

3 Answers

  • Dyn-Æ
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    In my tour of duty to Iraq, Gulf of Aden and other places in the region, they were dehumanized to a point where if i were in that situation i would of killed without remorse. On the flip side, in the combat zone the amount of stress coupled with the red tape of the rules of engagement made things worse. The alleged terrorists that you lock up one day would essentially be back on the street in a week shooting at you

    Personal experience says combat stress + rules of engagement + missing life back home make the trigger that much easier to pull.

  • 8 years ago

    1. Appalling

    2. Rape is an act of violence not sex

    3. Yes

    4. No. A certain percentage of people, having been taught to kill, are not going to be able to edit themselves regarding the true enemy. They should be tried as criminals.

  • 8 years ago

    Barbaric behavior is never excusable, those that commit it are no different in or out of the Military. Prisons in US are full of people that committed the same crimes as you mentioned

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