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posted by August 6 at 11:23 AMon
After Pfc. Jesse Spielman was convicted for the “March 12, 2006, rape and slaying of Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, 14, and the killings of her parents and sister” (Spielman did not actually rape or kill any of the victims but knowingly served as a lookout for the nightmare), his sister, Paige Gerlach, screamed:
“I hate the government. You people put him (in Iraq) and now, this happened.”
This declaration must not be rejected or understood as purely emotional. There is an amount of reason in her cry. The problem to begin with is the war itself. The war is evil in itself. And because evil is never isolated, never acts alone, or wants to act alone, but, like misery, needs company, needs to multiply, we have to see Spielman’s evil in the context of the wider evil, the whole war, the causes of the war, and those who made it possible on grounds that were not in themselves good. Bad begets bad. The road to this particular hell was paved with bad intentions. The rape and murder of the 14-year-old girl is not an orphan; it has a parent, a point of origin, a source (“you people”) that made it possible.