Iraq and the Bill of Rights

Article III of the Bill of Rights says:

"No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house, without the consent of the  owner; nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law."

I’m sure the military has laws and regulations prescribing how our troops may occupy the homes of the citizens of Iraq, and it is also true that our troops commonly took over estates, and houses during World War I and World War II, but still, the pictures of troops in the apparently ransacked bedrooms and living rooms of the people they are supposed to be liberating is disconcerting.

Further, the it gives the Iraqis one more reason to argue that the invading forces are taking over the homes and hearths of the people of Iraq.  While we reject such statements as propaganda by the evil doers, the Iraqis are not so quick to dismiss this sort of behavior.

It’s interesting to note that these sort of photographs often appear in the press, but you will be hard pressed to find a photograph of an American solider occupying a private house on official government web sites.

Given the entire circumstances of our involvement in Iraq, this is a small thing, but as we have seen several times during the conduct of the Iraq war, the small things have a way of escalating into larger things.

 

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