these men have been told directly by their leadership that this is retaliation for 9/11
The wide-ranging poll also shows that 58% of those serving in country say the U.S. mission in Iraq is clear in their minds, while 42% said it is either somewhat or very unclear to them, that they have no understanding of it at all, or are unsure. While 85% said the U.S. mission is mainly “to retaliate for Saddam’s role in the 9-11 attacks,” 77% said they also believe the main or a major reason for the war was “to stop Saddam from protecting al Qaeda in Iraq.”
More than 80% said they did not hold a negative view of Iraqis
The survey shows that most U.S. military personnel in-country have a clear sense of right and wrong when it comes to using banned weapons against the enemy, and in interrogation of prisoners. Four in five said they oppose the use of such internationally banned weapons as napalm and white phosphorous. And, even as more photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq surface around the world, 55% said it is not appropriate or standard military conduct to use harsh and threatening methods against insurgent prisoners in order to gain information of military value.
TOP EXCUSES for any military misconduct (found so far in this thread)
a) It's a war. (Some) people die all the time. It's the catchall phrase, lads and gents ! War justifies anything !
b) Seems to me insurgents enjoy killing innocents anyways It's the glorious "they all are subhumans" so effective at making "others" look not worthy of being understood, they can't be humans can they ?
c)Good the US isn't hindered by some pinko international court bullshit. It's the "law is good only when I like it" that so much make people dance thes days !
d) This is what Bush does to people. Blaming one man , conveniently forgetting his larger entourage.
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