MarineS on the HoT SeaT

“You all seem concerned about the 24 civilians killed in Iraq. Please tell me how many civilians were killed in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm.

In the past, it was called collateral damage. In war, unfortunately, this happens..
Where’s the concern for Marines? continues..
A service person in combat is under extreme pressure and is always concerned about his fellow soldiers. In combat, a person in this position will always lean on the side of caution to protect his buddies. I would rather see 24 Iraqis killed than see one Marine killed…

During this conflict, men, women and children have carried bombs to kill both civilians and our servicemen and women. What about those who set roadside bombs? To date, I have not read of any of these people being tried for murder or any other crime.

Some day someone should count the number of military killed by civilians.”

Now, that’s an idea.
For U.S. troops, it’s hard to know who is friend and who is foe continues..
“MUSAYYIB, Iraq – Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Cremer listened carefully as Army Capt. Irvin Oliver described the upcoming mission. They’d raid a compound of houses the next morning..
Oliver looked at the soldiers bunched around him and reminded them that aerial photographs had showed at least 17 people in the compound the night before, and that they were looking for just one – an insurgent cell leader suspected of orchestrating roadside bombs that’d killed American soldiers.

Be careful, Oliver told his men, not to get shot. And be careful, the company commander said, not to shoot any unarmed civilians.

Despite those warnings, last Thursday’s mission would serve as a reminder that counterinsurgency is among the most complex forms of warfare, and sometimes the wrong people are killed….

As part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division, Oliver’s soldiers are responsible for an area south of Baghdad where there are Sunni Mus-lim insurgents who kill U.S. soldiers, Shiite militiamen who kill Sunni families, Sunni insurgents who kill Shiite Mus-lim families, and an assortment of smugglers and criminals.

It’s often a gray line, said Staff Sgt. Francis Lott, who works with Cremer.

“They (the jets) look for anything suspicious, but everything’s suspicious around here,” said Lott, 25, of Clarksville, Tenn. “It’s a big game of hide and seek. You’re fighting people where you can’t tell who’s who. You can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys in Iraq.”

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Our Marines are in the midst of a relentless and bloody war.
Liberals are quick to deny that our soldiers are in combat theater dealing with enemy combatants who don’t abide by the laws of war and commit acts of indecency and evil daily.
Catastrophic roadside bombs vaporize our soldiers every week with little or no news coverage.

We quickly forget that as this war enters its fourth year, many soldiers are the product of multiple deployments as well.

Before we judge, let us recall…What our soldiers witness and experience daily while protecting our freedom…is the stuff nightmares are made of.

To shoot or be shot.
Split second decisions.
There but for the grace of God, go I.

10 Responses to “MarineS on the HoT SeaT”

  1. cube says:

    I hate the MSM’s coverage of the war. All the bad and precious little of the good. I can only hope our men & women in harm’s way realize how much the country appreciates their work.

  2. Anna says:

    Our soldiers are very well trained. If they committed a crime, they should be punished, but they are still innocent until proven guilty! I sure wish the MSM and left would remember that! And why can’t these people also remember that Saddam used to kill his own people and plant the bodies in the holes/rubble left by US bombs and cry to the UN and the media about those terrible Americans killing civilians!

  3. Always On Watch says:

    We expect so much of those who serve in our military. But I suspect that we don’t pray for them–hard enough and often enough.

    “Catastrophic roadside bombs vaporize our soldiers every week with little or no news coverage.”

    I want to see those who vaporize military and civilian alike–the “insurgents”–villified. Instead, I see the media sympathizing with and trying to understand the enemy. ARRGGHHH!!!

    Our servicemen are living a different reality, and it’s a reality that we who are here, safe at home, cannot begin to understand.

  4. The Holywriter says:

    You’d rather see 24 Iraqi civilians killed than one marine? Considering we’re over there FOR the Iraqi people, maybe we should consider that. I understand the difficulties distinguishing between friend and foe and I understand that civilians will die. But that’s a pretty ignorant thing to say.

  5. cube says:

    I don’t want innocent blood shed from either side, but when their morons plant IED’s all over the place, you know there is bound to be innocent blood shed… why isn’t American blood any more innocent? The Moslems should be disproportionately angry at the Moslem idiots planting the bombs & taking hostages.

  6. Angel says:

    Holywriter..I didnt say it ..the author of the article did..:)

  7. benning says:

    I judge them innocent. And that’s all I care about.

    The MSM can kiss my posterior. The traitorous ba$tard$!

    Just my opinion, mind you.

  8. Brooke says:

    I wish the MSM would afford the Marines the same legal deference they show crackheads: Innocent until proven guilty.

    Nah, the ratings are higher when you sell death and scandal.

  9. The Holywriter says:

    I’m sorry Angel, I misread that. I’m all for the invasion and I’m all for staying until Iraqis take over. However, I think we forget that we’re not there for us, but for them. It’s not that Iraqi lives are worth more than American lives. I just don’t want conservatives to lose perspective.

  10. KKKKaarrrLLLL mMmM says:

    I HAVE REACHED VERY DEEP INSIDE AND I STILL CAN NOT SHED A TEAR FOR THE “”INNOCENT”" BYSTANDERS KILLED WHILE MY FELLOW AMERICANS ARE DYING FOR THEIR RIGHT TO SEE DEMOCRACY.
    HOW ABOUT THOSE CIVILIANS JOINING FORCES WITH THE TROOPS, TO RID IRAQ OF THE CANCERS KNOW AS PEOPLE.