November 14th, 2005

Overheard on the radio

As I was walking to work this morning, a snippet of radio caught my ear:

The US Army announced that it killed 37 suspected insurgents in its latest operation...

These statements really bother me. What this sentence means is that perhaps we killed 37 bad guys yesterday. But just maybe we killed 37 perfectly innocent people—and we're not going to bother to tell the difference. I was wrongfully arrested once, and I'm keenly aware that mistakes can and do get made. At what point do we stop making the "realities of war" excuse and start seriously attempting the pursuit of justice?