Combat Reporting From the Times

March 31st, 2003  |  Published in Uncategorized

Gripping war reporting from the Sunday Times. MeFi played the quote in the second paragraph for the obvious shock value, but there’s a lot of context to be taken in before judging that corporal:

“‘Did you see all that?’ he asked, his eyes filled with tears. ‘Did you see that little baby girl? I carried her body and buried it as best I could but I had no time. It really gets to me to see children being killed like this, but we had no choice.’ “Martin’s distress was in contrast to the bitter satisfaction of some of his fellow marines as they surveyed the scene. ‘The Iraqis are sick people and we are the chemotherapy,’ said Corporal Ryan Dupre. ‘I am starting to hate this country. Wait till I get hold of a friggin’ Iraqi. No, I won’t get hold of one. I’ll just kill him.’ “Only a few days earlier these had still been the bright-eyed small-town boys with whom I crossed the border at the start of the operation. They had rolled towards Nasiriya, a strategic city beside the Euphrates, on a mission to secure a safe supply route for troops on the way to Baghdad. “They had expected a welcome, or at least a swift surrender. Instead they had found themselves lured into a bloody battle, culminating in the worst coalition losses of the war — 16 dead, 12 wounded and two missing marines as well as five dead and 12 missing servicemen from an army convoy — and the humiliation of having prisoners paraded on Iraqi television.”

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