Kill! Kill! Kill!, Ex-Marine tells his story about US brutalMon Oct 31, 2005 08:5322.214.171.124Kill! Kill! Kill!, Ex-Marine tells his story about US brutality in Iraq
My story about Iraq
Former staff sergeant Jimmy Massey explains why US faces bloody
insurgency in Iraq.
PARIS - US military training has created troops so desensitised to
violence that battleground brutality in Iraq is rampant -- and has
helped fuel the bloody insurgency seen there today, a new book
released Thursday in France by a former Marine says.
Jimmy Massey, a former staff sergeant, said that the daily attacks now
doled out to US-led forces and Iraqi civilians are "because of the
brutality that the Iraqi people saw at the start of the invasion."
In his book, " Kill! Kill! Kill!", he says he and other Marines in his
unit killed dozens of unarmed Iraqi civilians because of an
exaggerated sense of threat, and that they often experienced
sexual-type thrills doing so.
The book was being released first in France -- and in French --
because, he said, "I didn't find an American publisher."
The French journalist who helped him write the work, Natasha Saulnier,
said she believed the US companies were reluctant to touch the book
because its "controversial" nature threatened commercial interests and
the US public's image of their fighting forces.
Massey, who left Iraq in May 2003 shortly after US President George W.
Bush declared "mission accomplished", wrote the book after being
discharged from the Marines with a diagnosed case of post-trauma
"It's been a healing experience," he said. "It's allowed me to close a
lot of chapters and answer a lot of questions."
In the book, he claims he and a group of Marines were near Baghdad
when a group of 10 Iraqi men started to protest near them, yelling out
anti-US slogans. At the sound of a gunshot, he said he and his men
fired on the group, killing most of them, only to find out later that
none of them was armed.
He also recounts several episodes at checkpoints where civilian cars
failed to stop and their unarmed occupants were shot to death.
At one point he says he told an officer that the US military campaign
"resembles a genocide" and that "our only objective in Iraq is petrol
Massey, a chubby-cheeked man with short hair and glasses, said in the
lobby bar of a Paris hotel that the casual violence exhibited by him
and his men was the deliberate result of combat training approved by
the very highest US authorities.
Later revelations of abuse by US soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison and
elsewhere were symptomatic of the breadth of the problem, Massey said.
"Overall, we have to look at the (Bush) administration in terms of
responsibility for the atrocities and the murder at the checkpoints,"
he said, questioning "the level of brutality instilled in the Marines."
The briefings they received, he said, made US troops view "everyone as
a potential terrorist -- they put fear and panic into my Marines."
Although the target of criticism from serving members of the US
military -- some of whom see the book as score-settling by a
disgruntled Marine forced to leave the services -- Massey has received
significant interest in his book in France.
His next few days, he said, are to be spent being interviewed by media
His publisher said that, while an English language version of the book
was still pending, a Spanish edition would be coming out early next year.
Ex-US Marine Asks Iraqis for Forgiveness
By: Hadi Yahmid
"His book was published by a French publishing house after it had
been apparently rejected by American publishers.."
PARIS - A former US Marine has urged the Iraqi people and Muslims
around the globe to forgive the US "war crimes" in Iraq, and said that
the Bush administration has sunk deeper into the Iraqi quagmire and
will lose the war at the end of the day.
"I ask the Iraqis and Muslims to forgive US practices in Iraq,
especially during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan," Jimmy Massey told
IslamOnline.net in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, October 12.
Massey, who is currently on a visit to Paris to mark the publishing of
his first book " Kill! Kill! Kill!", said there is widespread
discontent in the United States at the policies of the Bush
Massey's book was published by a French publishing house after it had
been apparently rejected by American publishers.
Massey, who left Iraq in May 2003, wrote the book after being
discharged from the Marines with a diagnosed case of post-trauma
"I spent long hours speechless and looking at the wall, seeing nothing
but only images of the killed Iraqis," he said.
On his book, he said "It's been a healing experience. It's allowed me
to close a lot of chapters and answer a lot of questions."
In December of last year, Massey along with his paratrooper Jeremy
Hinzman applied for political asylum in Canada in protest at the
"atrocities" committed by the US army in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In graphic testimonies to a Canadian tribunal, the former Marine
Sergeant and Hinzman have argued that they could not tolerate killing
innocent civilians in Iraq.
The US forces in Iraq are committing "war crimes" against the innocent
Iraqi people, said the ex-Marine.
He said he himself had Iraqi blood on his hands, when he killed
innocent Iraqis at the start of the US invasion of the Arab country.
He regretted that the victims were not soldiers, but unarmed and posed
no threat to the US forces.
Citing a horrific incident against Iraqi civilians at the time, Massey
said that he gunned down a number of Iraqi demonstrators during a
protest in Baghdad's neighborhood of Al-Rashid in April of 2003, the
month when US tanks rolled into Baghdad streets in a heartbreaking
scene for the Arabs and Muslims.
The demonstrators were civilian people, however, a US commander
ordered his unit soldiers to open fire at the crowd, killing a number
of protesters in cold blood.
He said some of the victims were shot directly in the head, citing a
CIA memo that brainwashed servicemen in Iraq into thinking that al
Iraqis were potential terrorists.
In his book, Massey writes that at one point he told an officer that
the US military campaign "resembles a genocide" and that "our only
objective in Iraq is petrol and profits."
British medical weekly, Lancet, said last year that over 100,000 Iraqi
civilians â€" half of whom women and children â€" have lost their
lives since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
Late last year, the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC), the
guardian of the Geneva Conventions governing conduct in warfare,
lambasted "utter contempt" for humanity in US-occupied Iraq.
The international group also described the US abuses against detainees
as "war crimes."
Bush Should Leave
Massey foresaw a "black scenario" facing the US forces in Iraq.
He admired the resolve displayed by the Iraqi resistance fighters, who
fight US soldiers.
He said the unabated Iraqi resistance doomed the US mission in Iraq to
Massey reserved an "open message" to US President George W. Bush.
"I call on you (Bush) to leave as you are bring disgrace to the
American people and sadness to mothers who lose their sons in Iraq."
Late September, tens of thousands of American demonstrators took to
the streets in several major cities to protest the US-led invasion of
Iraq and demand the withdrawal of American troops of whom at least
2,000 soldiers were killed since March 2003.
A congressionally mandated panel concluded in September that Bush is
seen in the Arab world as a greater threat than Al-Qaeda leader Osama
A 2004 pentagon report said the US administration was alienating
Muslims worldwide and losing the "the war of ideas" because of
adopting faulty policies and what is perceived as "self-serving
Bush has recently appointed Karen Hughes as Undersecretary of State
for Diplomacy to shine up America's image in the Arab world, which is
described by pundits as mission impossible
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