So it’s just a little murder in Iraq.
But do me a favor: Please — no anguished expressions of shock; no wailing over how unbelievable it is that this could have happened, that Americans could ever have done such things.
Of course, it happened.
Of course, we did it
It always happens.
We always do it.
So does everyone else.
Massacring of civilians travels with war as inevitably as suffering travels with disease; suggesting you can have one without the other is childish or worse.
And, no, not all, or even most, soldiers do it or should in any way be touched by its blame, but in all protracted wars at least a few do.
They always have.
They always will.
And, yes, the soldiers involved should pay for their crimes.
But what about the crimes of those who sent these soldiers into this hell of a war based upon a devil’s brew of lies and incompetence? What about the people who made the inevitable — inevitable?
Will they ever pay a price?
Or is justice, much like the dying of war itself, something largely reserved for the powerless?