Corpsman Richard Barnett of Camarilo, Calif. checks the heart of a
young Iraqi boy as other Navy medics treat the boy's older sister,
right, after the two children and their family were caught in a
crossfire between US Marines and Iraqi soldiers just outside of a
Marine encampment in central Iraq on Saturday, March 29, 2003. The
boy was not injured. His sister, who received gunshot wounds, was
expected to survive.
The father was wounded and the mother was killed in the gun battle. If
anything good comes from this nonsense, I haven't seen it yet said
Barnett after the two children and their father were taken away for a
medivac helicopter." (From Daily Kos)
"But less than an hour after we pulled out, a truck full of Iraqi soldiers suddenly emerged from the same friendly streets and a family was caught in the crossfire as the Marines engaged the soldiers. A woman was killed and a little girl and her father were badly wounded, as were two Iraqi soldiers whom the battalion's corpsmen treated as two of their own.
It was confusing and crushed our spirits, leaving Marines and corpsmen with the blood of Iraqi civilians on their hands.
"If there's anything good from this nonsense," said Navy Corpsman Richard Barnett of Camarillo, Calif., as he worked to save the wounded civilians and soldiers, "I haven't seen it yet."" (from Editorial Matters)