Oh. My. God.

4 comments February 16th, 2007at 10:26pm Posted by Eli

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We’ve deployed Lance Corporal Nelson:

A Marine lance corporal cracked jokes and lifted the lifeless hand of an Iraqi civilian whom his squad had just shot, slapping it across the dead man’s face, a sailor testified Thursday.

The government called Seaman Recruit Melson J. Bacos of Franklin, Wis., as a witness in the sentencing hearing for Lance Cpl. Robert Pennington, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and conspiracy.


“When he was helping put the dead body in the body bag, I saw him play with one of his arms,” Bacos testified. “He took his hand and … made Mr. Awad hit himself.”

Bacos testified that Pennington said to the dead man, “Quit hitting yourself.”


(h/t Kenosha Kid)

Entry Filed under: Iraq,War,Weirdness


  • 1. Glenn  |  February 17th, 2007 at 8:38 am

    Not so unbelievable. It’s perfectly normal behavior within its abnormal context. War is an obscenity. How else to behave within an obscenity than obscenely? I’m always surprised at our revulsive reactions to the misbehavior of our military personnel. How dare we expect them to behave nobly? We’ve just yanked them from high school and taught them to slaughter other human beings. No, let’s pinpoint the origin of this evil.

  • 2. SPIIDERWEB™  |  February 17th, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    This is an OMG moment. One can intentionally kill another human without losing all sense of humanity. I say this, of course, without ever having killed anyone.

    As to the origin of this evil? Yes. It need be addressed.

    I’m afraid multiple re-deployments and extensions are taking their toll. The poor troops are just wearing down.

    And there’s something I think gets overlooked too often. These people are wearing 10s of pounds of clothing and gear and working in over 100° F temps. It becomes near impossible for a westerner to even think under such conditions.

  • 3. oldwhitelady  |  February 18th, 2007 at 10:05 am

    I kind of agree with what Glenn said, but I do think that when these people come home, after being so careless with the enemies, might also be careless at home.

  • 4. Eli  |  February 18th, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    Yeah, that’s the scary thing. We’re turning some of these kids into psychopaths, and you can’t just “turn it off” when they come home.

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