Americans were horrified three years ago over the abuses of Iraqi detainees at the Abu Gharib prison and President Bush dismissed the scandal as the work of a few "bad apples". He insisted that such actions do not "represent the values of the United States of America".
However, the Pentagon released a survey of American troops serving in Iraq on May 4th revealing that one in three soldiers would condone torture in some circumstances. The survey that was just released this month of 1,767 troops was actually done in September '06 by a mental health advisory team.
Here are some of the interesting findings:
40% believed that torture should be permitted if it would save the life of a fellow soldier.
38% felt that torture should be allowed to extract information from insurgents.
53% of soldiers and 62% of marines felt that Iraqi civilians did not need to be treated with any respect or dignity as required by Geneva Conventions.
33% of soldiers acknowledged insulting or swearing at Iraqi civilians.
10% of soldiers admitted to maliciously damaging or destroying Iraqi civilian property.
4% of soldiers and 7% of marines confessed to beating Iraqi civilians without just cause.
The survey is also interesting in that no one was asked if they had participated in more serious abuse of civilians including torture. The study finds a correlation between extending a soldiers stay and the acceptance of mistreating people and the deterioration of a soldiers' mental health.
20% of American service people in Iraq are suffering from depression, anxiety and stress. The same number is suffering from the breakup of their families through divorce and separation. Additionally, 72 Americans have committed suicide in Iraq since the war began.
The American people must demand a stop to this needless, senseless war and bring our troops home so they can be deployed against the Mexican border and start protecting America's national interest instead of Israel's. Join the National Alliance's Yellow Ribbon Campaign and display a magnetic yellow ribbon on your car with the message, "Bring Our Troops Home & Put Them on the Mexican Border."
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