Rules of Engagement? A Social Anatomy of an American War Crime: Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq

TitleRules of Engagement? A Social Anatomy of an American War Crime: Operation Iron Triangle, Iraq
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMestrovic, Stjepan Gabriel
Number of Pages196
PublisherAlgora Publishing
CityNew York
Abstract

Blackwater, Abu Ghraib and other scandals in Iraq were presaged by the murderous Operation Iron Triangle in May 2006 when US soldiers were ordered to kill all Iraqis of military age. The soldiers were imprisoned; the officer was merely reprimanded. Mestrovic details the American leadership’s fake commitment to the Geneva Conventions and the rule of law, fake due process for defendants, fake goals of promoting democracy, and compulsion to repeat our errors in Vietnam. The Blackwater scandal involved killing unarmed Iraqis in accordance with "rules of engagement" that were apparently similar to the case analyzed in these pages. [publisher]

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