Imagine for a moment, that it was you in Iraq . . .
The Americans entered the Sunni Arab's family home, separated three males from the woman, raped her and burned her body using a flammable liquid in a cover-up attempt, a military official close to the investigation said. The three males were also slain.Imagine for a moment - if you're a woman - that it was you in your new living room, with your brother and/or your son, your father, and perhaps your uncle, when these armed invaders entered your home and proceeded to gang-rape you and burn your battered and violated body alive, perhaps in front of your family.
The soldiers had studied their victims for about a week and the attack was "totally premeditated," the official said on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. The family had just moved into the home in the insurgent-riddled area around Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad.* * *
One of the family members they allegedly killed was a child, said a senior Army official who also requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
Or imagine for a moment - if you're a man - that your daughter, or your sister or your niece is being gang-raped and burned to death before your eyes by armed foreign invaders and you are powerless to help her. Or that you are a young boy, watching this happen to your sister or your mother.
Or you are a neighbor listening to the screams of pain and horror coming from next door.
Or you are an Arab Muslim reading the story of an Iraqi woman who was raped and burned in front of her male family members who were also slaughtered.
Imagine how you would feel.
Imagine the blowback from this incident.
On second thought, there's no need to imagine.
The suspects were from the 502nd Infantry Regiment and belonged to the same platoon as two soldiers kidnapped and killed south of Baghdad this month, another official close to the investigation said Friday. The soldiers' mutilated bodies were found June 19, three days after they were abducted by insurgents near Youssifiyah southwest of Baghdad.This administration is stirring up a whirlwind of revenge against Americans a hundred times worse than that driven by US support for Israel.
The military has said one and possibly both of the slain soldiers were tortured and beheaded. The official said the mutilation of the slain soldiers stirred feelings of guilt and led at least one member of the platoon to reveal the rape-slaying on June 22.