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Thursday, March 30, 2006

"How are you going to kill them?"

I just read about Jody Casey, a man who left the U.S. Army upon returning from Iraq a few weeks ago, and joined the 130-mile march from Mobile, Alabama, to New Orleans, led by Iraq Veterans Against the War. http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1741942,00.html He talks about how the military trains soldiers to call Iraqis "hajji," the Iraqi equivalent for "gook," as the Vietnamese were known during that war. "You totally take the human being out of it and make them into a video game," he said. "If you start looking at them as humans, and stuff like that, then how are you going to kill them?" Good question.

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