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“Trigger-Happy” Marines in Nasiriya

Filed in: Iraq, quotes, Fri, Apr 4 2003 03:47 PT

“The Iraqis are sick people and we are the chemotherapy,” said Corporal Ryan Dupre. “I am starting to hate this country. Wait till I get hold of a friggin’ Iraqi. No, I won’t get hold of one. I’ll just kill him.” … Suddenly, some of the young men who had crossed into Iraq with me reminded me now of their fathers’ generation, the trigger-happy grunts of Vietnam. Covered in the mud from the violent storms, they were drained and dangerously aggressive.

Mark Franchetti of the Times of London, Slaughter at the Bridge of Death, 31 Mar 2003

These are the soldiers who will be walking our city streets when they come home. It’s that nasty little side effect of living by the sword.

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