The Mother of All War Crimes, an excerpt from Damn Yankee Buttons—-a book of short stories I am working on.
There was a belief that the situation in the Middle East got better after “we” bombed Iraq’s infrastructure back to a primitive condition, via “shock and awe.”
Iraq had occupied Kuwait and were doing some horrible things to people. China was doing horrible things to people in Tibet and to the Tienanmen square prisoners, but China doesn’t have oil compared to Iraq and does have a huge military with nuclear weapons.
The “mother” of all war crimes happened on the highway between Kuwait City and Basra. The retreating convoy was bombed at the front of the column. Thousands of people in the stalled, trapped convoy were incinerated by “our” planes. Fuel bombs sucked the air out of the lungs of people as they burned alive. The retreat became a ghostly line of burnt-out vehicles, with charred people inside.
An initial show of force could have caused the convoy to surrender. It was premeditated murder.