The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness

“I’ll tell you the point where I really turned,” said Spc. Michael Harmon, 24, a medic from Brooklyn. He served a thirteen-month tour beginning in April 2003 with the 167th Armor Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division, in Al-Rashidiya, a small town near Baghdad. “I go out to the scene and [there was] this little, you know, pudgy little 2-year-old child with the cute little pudgy legs, and I look and she has a bullet through her leg…. An IED [improvised explosive device] went off, the gun-happy soldiers just started shooting anywhere and the baby got hit. And this baby looked at me, wasn’t crying, wasn’t anything, it just looked at me like–I know she couldn’t speak. It might sound crazy, but she was like asking me why. You know, Why do I have a bullet in my leg?… I was just like, This is–this is it. This is ridiculous.”

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Published in: on July 14, 2007 at 11:05 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Read this yesterday and I must say it is one of the most disturbing things I have ever read. This is what happens when there is no real enemy and the rules of engagement are tossed out the window. They keep sending these soldiers out into this meat grinder 3,4 5 times. May God forgive us.


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