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 leadership’s 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.
Prof. Mestrovic served as an expert witness in the trial of the three soldiers in this case and in five other war crimes trials. His experience gives him a penetrating insight in analyzing a war crime that involved the murder of noncombatants, questionable rules of engagement, and the doctrine of command responsibility.
Published in 2008, his book was the first to break the story of how US soldiers involved in war crimes are treated, and what makes them do it, etc. In preparing his July 6, 2009 article in The New Yorker, Raffi Khatchadourian had extensive correspondence with and received many leads from Prof. Mestrovic, although Khatchadourian fails to mention that. Furthermore, contrary to Prof. Mestrovic’s professional opinion that the commissioned officers and the Bush administration were responsible for the solders’ actions, the article appears to adhere to the official interpretation of events, protecting the chain of command by scapegoating those at the bottom.
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About the Author
Prof. Mestrovic has testified as an expert witness at The Hague and at Fort Hood. He is the author of 17 books (two with Algora) and numerous articles. His particular areas of interest include Abu Ghraib, culture, and race and ethnic studies in the Balkans. He holds three degrees from Harvard University and has been teaching at Texas A&M since 1991.
About the Book
Coalition and Iraqi troops raided an insurgent training camp southwest of Tikrit as part of Operation Iron Triangle May 9-11, 2006. After intelligence sources identified the 60-square-mile Muthana Chemical Complex, 200 soldiers from the 4th...
... In its narrowest sense, this book is about a legal case that concerns the killing of four Iraqi males by US soldiers during a mission called Operation Iron Triangle that occurred on May 9, 2006, near Samarra, Iraq. The Rules of Engagement (ROE) for that mission were, in the words of the soldiers, to kill...
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LC Classification: DS79.766.T54M47 2008
Dewey code: 956.7044'3420973--dc22
BISAC: LAW068000 LAW / Military
BISAC: LAW051000 LAW / International
BISAC: POL012000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
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