A few weeks ago, on September 26, the Spanish daily newspaper El Pais published the transcript
of a meeting between then Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar and
US President George W Bush in Texas on February 22, 2003 — a few weeks
before the Coaliton of the Willing invaded Iraq.
The transcript makes clear that Bush had already decided to invade.
Take a deep breath and then read this piece about the money the US military pays to the families of civilians 'wrongfully' killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Take another deeply despondent breath and read another account of these claims and the money paid - and not paid, such as this:
Claimant filed a claim for $5,500 on 3 Sept. 2005.
Facts: Claimant alleges that a CF [coalition force]
dropped a bomb in his orchard. The bomb allegedly did not explode upon
impact. Claimant's son went to investigate and was killed when the UXO
detonated. Claimant's cousin was seriously injured in the explosion. A
couple of hours later, CF allegedly took the body and Claimant to LSA
Anaconda for medical treatment. In support of their claims, the
Claimants have offered witness statements, medical records from LSA
Anaconda, and police and judicial reports.
Opinion: Under AR 27-20, paragraph 10-3, Claims
arising "directly or indirectly" from combat sctivities of the US.
Armed Forces are not payable. AR 27-20 defines combat activities as
"Activities resulting directly or indirectly from action by the enemy,
or by the U.S. Armed Forces engaged in armed conflict, or in immediate
preparation for impending armed conflict." Here, an airstrike clearly
constitutes combat activity. While unfortunate, this claim is precluded
from compensation under the combat exception.