Given the horrendous massacre at Haditha, the US military has decided to give their soldiers battlefield ethics training to hopefully curb further civilian casualties. Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, commander of Multinational Corps, feels that the training will hammer home the idea of "professional military values and the importance of disciplined, professional conduct in combat."
I will not pretend to know what it's like to be in combat. I have even less of a clue as to what it's like to face an enemy so fierce and barbaric as the one our troops fight on a daily basis in Iraq. I do know it does take a lot for a group of trained professionals to kill innocents in the manner the group of Marines allegedly have done.
Does the military really feel that an crash course in morality is going to cure the problem of civilian casualties? Now I'm no officer, but wouldn't winning the war and having the full support of a competent administration be more effective?
"Every geography book in the world is going to say 'American-occupied Iraq' over the map of Iraq. That's going to be the most glaring indignity the Arabs have ever faced." - Chris Matthews
U.S. Troops to Get Ethics Training in Iraq