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The Other War

2007-08-10 15:42:07.948713+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

The Other War: Iraqi Vets Bear Witness:

After persistently acting on such false leads, Sergeant Bocanegra, who raided Iraqi homes in more than fifty operations, said soldiers began to anticipate the innocence of those they raided. "People would make jokes about it, even before we'd go into a raid, like, Oh fucking we're gonna get the wrong house," he said. "'Cause it would always happen. We always got the wrong house." Specialist Chrystal said that he and his platoon leader shared a joke of their own: Every time he raided a house, he would radio in and say, "This is, you know, Thirty-One Lima. Yeah, I found the weapons of mass destruction in here."

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-08-10 16:00:58.895609+00 by: Dan Lyke

The Boing Boing entry had a link to letters about the article, including several of the soldiers quoted who felt that their words were taken out of context (and several who didn't). Worth reading both.