A spade and a dead Iraqi
'If You Start Looking at Them as Humans, Then How Are You Gonna Kill Them?' are the words of a US soldier telling how it was in Iraq.
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Casey told us how, from the top down, there was little regard for the Iraqis, who were routinely called "hajjis", the
equivalent of "gook". "They basically jam into your head: 'This is hajji! This is hajji!' You totally take the human being out of it and make them into a video game." Iraq
It was a way of dehumanising the Iraqis? "I mean, yeah - if you start looking at them as humans, and stuff like that, then how are you going to kill them?"
He says that soldiers who served in his area before his unit's arrival recommended them to keep spades on their vehicles so that if they killed innocent Iraqis, they could throw a spade off them to give the appearance that the dead Iraqi was digging a hole for a roadside bomb.
Casey says he didn't participate in any such killings himself, but claims the pervasive atmosphere was that "you could basically kill whoever you wanted - it was that easy. You did not even have to get off and dig a hole or anything. All you had to do was have some kind of picture. You're driving down the road at three in the morning. There's a guy on the side of the road, you shoot him ... you throw a shovel off."
…. "We want the Iraqi people to know that we stand with them," says Blake, "and that we're sorry, so sorry.