Jewish World Review Dec. 9, 2004 / 26 Kislev, 5765
Asylum can't protect from disgrace at home
The account is chilling.
A soldier seeking asylum in Canada tells the grim story of trigger-happy U.S. Marines and soldiers gunning down women and children in the streets of Iraq. Later he recounts how soldiers pumped hundreds of bullets into civilian cars, slaughtering unarmed occupants trapped inside.
And then there was the time U.S. Marines gunned down unarmed protesters in retaliation for a stray bullet flying overhead.
In what was described by reporters as "chilling testimony," former U.S. Marine Jeremy Hinzman and retired staff sergeant Jimmy Massey described Iraq as an immoral war and accused fellow Marines of murder and mayhem.
The explosive charges were meant to bolster Hinzman's efforts to dodge combat duty and gain citizenship in Canada.
The only problems with the claims are that Massey named no names in the testimony and the Marine seeking asylum Hinzman never even set foot in Iraq.
Like John Kerry and the Winter Soldiers thirty years ago, these former members of the armed services have no problem telling the world that American troops are baby-murdering villains whose actions on the battlefield have made them all war criminals.
But as with John Kerry's testimony before the Senate in 1971, these cowards came forward only when it was politically expedient.
More damning to their horror story is the fact they refuse to name names.
You can take it to the bank that if I were fighting next to some crazed U.S. soldier who was gunning down women and children in the streets of Iraq, I would immediately report the murderous activity to my military commanders. Instead, these publicity-seeking hounds decided to call a press conference in Canada months after the alleged incidents occurred.
If these wanton acts of rape and murder ever took place, how would this grandstanding months later save a single civilian from the fury of our barbaric ground troops in Iraq? Oh wait. It wouldn't.
But then again, spreading these pack of lies to an American-hating press corps was never about saving a single life in Iraq. Instead, it was about nothing more than helping a coward flee to Canada.
If the whole north-of-the-border thing doesn't work out for Hinzman, I'm sure Osama Bin Laden would let him share a cave in Pakistan. After all, this disgraced former Marine aided and abetted every terror network worldwide by spreading lies and propaganda about our brave fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The only mistake America made in this case was allowing two people so utterly lacking in character into the Marine Corps. By their actions, they have proven themselves to be unworthy of being called United States Marines.
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