Thursday, November 16, 2006

"I was looking at them and shaking their hands, I noticed some blood spots still on them. And all of a sudden they disappeared from being human. All of a sudden something happened that turned them into non-human things. I was not talking with humans, I literally was talking with evil, personified...It even became a very difficult ethical problem. Do I actually negotiate with the devil to save people? Or do I wipe it out, shoot the bastards right there? I haven't answered that question yet...

...the pain of killing yourself is nothing compared to the pain of living with this, and it's only by flukes and by chances that some of us don't actually do it.

...I was the commander, my mission failed and hundreds of thousands of people died. I can't find any solace in statements like I did my best. … A commander can't use that as a reference in any operation. He succeeds or he fails and then he stands by to be held accountable. My mission failed and that's that.

Excerpts from an interview with General Romeo Dallaire
A US Army soldier has plead guilty to raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and helping murder her and her family.

No excuse

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Beit Hanoun, Gaza

It never stops

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.