and then, somehow, it's even worse than you thought

Much of the resentment toward Iraqis described to The Nation by veterans was confirmed in a report released May 4 by the Pentagon. According to the survey, conducted by the Office of the Surgeon General of the US Army Medical Command, just 47 percent of soldiers and 38 percent of marines agreed that civilians should be treated with dignity and respect. Only 55 percent of soldiers and 40 percent of marines said they would report a unit member who had killed or injured "an innocent noncombatant."

- from a stunning article by Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian in The Nation, based on interviews with Iraqi war vets. Read the whole thing here.

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