"Security" from a Hometown Baghdad perspective ... [VIDEO]
Inevitably, we mostly get one side of what's happening in Iraq today. This video is the other side: what a security crackdown looks like to the Iraqis who see it first-hand. This is an episode of "HomeTown Iraq," a viral video series of home-made reports from "Adel" in Baghdad.
The video provides a series of anecdotes, but these things are widespread. Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that many of the soldiers on the ground in Iraq ignore the military's own ethical standards ...
... about two-thirds of Marines and half the Army troops surveyed said they would not report a team member for mistreating a civilian or for destroying civilian property unnecessarily. "Less than half of Soldiers and Marines believed that non-combatants should be treated with dignity and respect," the Army report stated.
About 10 percent of the 1,767 troops in the official survey -- conducted in Iraq last fall -- reported that they had mistreated civilians in Iraq, such as kicking them or needlessly damaging their possessions.
Army researchers "looked under every rock, and what they found was not always easy to look at," said S. Ward Casscells, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. The report noted that the troops' statements are at odds with the "soldier's rules" promulgated by the Army, which forbid the torture of enemy prisoners and state that civilians must be treated humanely.