The Iraqi city of Fallujah is already famous for some iconic, if not grisly images. We all remember the pictures of US contractors, aka Blackwater mercenaries, hanging from the Fallujah bridge after being dismembered and burnt.
And of course, some of the most violent street fighting videos of the US invasion and suppression operation came in the weeks following, and the year after as well.
I have no personal beef with any soldiers or militia who for whatever reason find themselves shooting at one another. War is a reality of human interaction and the idea of good guys and bad guys is a matter of perspective. The real issue is with the leadership of countries who send other people’s sons and daughters into violent and traumatising situations to kill and be killed.
However, there are ways, as a “do-as-I’m-told-grunt” to conduct yourself, and there are many rules governing war. The following photos are set to become the newest iconic Fallujah images demonstrating what happens when you send young and impressionable men into combat with poor leadership. They do stupid things, and, take pictures to prove it.
The photos below show US Marines pouring a jerry can of petrol over dead insurgents and then burning them. Allegedly other pictures show a marine feeding a dog some of the remains. I will update the gallery if I am able to source further photos, but at the moment this is all that has made it onto the web.
I wonder if the Marines did this as a form of payback for the burning of the Blackwater mercenaries. If so, they were misguided. Blackwater was responsible for a good deal of the hatred felt by the Iraqi population following the collapse of the Iraqi military. Their bastardry was notorious and things probably would not have gotten so bad had War Profiteers Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush not turned a simple, illegal invasion into a fuck storm of incompetence.