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

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Algora Publishing, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 181 pages
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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 leadershipOCOs 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."
 

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1
Chapter 1 Introducing an Apparently New Form of Combat
11
Chapter 2 Laying Out the Conceptual Tools for the Social Anatomy that Follows
27
The First Version of Events Mission Accomplished
43
The Medias Spin on the Events and Their Echoes in the Past
59
Playing It By Ear
85
Conspiracy Cunning and ColdBlooded Murder
113
Chapter 7 Explaining the Imperfect Crimes at Operation Iron Triangle
129
Chapter 8 The Doctrine of Command Responsibility as an Exercise in Fake Sincerity
151
Index
177
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