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Marine: How I helped create ISIS

Iraq war veteran Vincent Emanuele
Iraq war veteran Vincent Emanuele

US Iraq war veteran turned activist Vince Emanuele shares what he believes is his responsibility for the forming of ISIS, recounting the military actions he participated in, and what he believes provoked the onslaught of attacks we are experiencing worldwide.

Emanuele insists that he did not think about the long term ramifications of his ‘following orders’ and ‘carrying out missions’. He just did what he was told to do. He did his job.

He shares, “When I was stationed in Iraq with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 2003-2005, I didn’t know what the repercussions of the war would be, but I knew there would be a reckoning…that retribution, otherwise known as blowback, is currently being experienced around the world (Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, France, Tunisia, California, and so on), with no end in sight.” He posted this on TeleSUR’s English website, as if apologizing for what he believes he contributed to the retaliatory acts being waged on the west.

He went on to say, “I knew what I was seeing was wrong, I knew it was immoral, I knew it was unjust, I knew it was illegal,” said Emanuele to RT, “and I knew that we would pay severe consequences in the form of the blowback as we are seeing with groups like ISIS. I knew those things were going to happen back then just from being a self-conscious person.”

Saying “he helped create ISIS,” is not literal, rather it’s the outcome of what he calls “his enlightenment”. He asked himself a question; “What would I think if I was in the shoes of the Iraqi people?”


Emanuele says this is where everything changed for him and in his article, he describes making connections from college History classes to the land he then stood on, and imagined his “platoon literally trashed Mesopotamia by throwing garbage out of their Humvee” and he described acting disrespectfully by “pelting children with Skittles, water bottles full of urine, rocks, and debris”.

Having learned about the ancient land and being there in modern day, something shifted in his thinking and he began to take offense to the his own participation in war efforts and the behaviors of other servicemen involved in what they described to him as acts of “punching, kicking, elbowing, sexual torture including forcing Iraqi men to perform sexual acts on one another while Marines held knives against their testicles and sometimes sodomized them with their batons”.

Eventually the exploits of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal would come to light, but in the mean time, it became intolerable to him.

Emanuele began educating himself he said, “by talking to family and friends and engaging in the work of anti-war activists and intellectuals like Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, and Amy Goodman, as well as learning about the activities of groups such as Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Vietnam Veterans against the War”, and he decided that he could no longer participate in what he believed was “immoral, unjust, and illegal”.

Since then, Emanuele says he has come to terms with his war experiences and he cannot remain silent. He now speaks around the world, educating on the social and economic impact of war and the revolution he believes it going to happen as population grows and war territories expand to most of the free world.

Sharing what he experienced, speaking, and writing articles provides him with a catharsis purpose, Emanuele said.

As he makes peace with his own experience he hopes to create peace on a global scale.

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  1. “To locate, close with, and destroy the enemy, by fire and maneuver, or repel the enemy assault by fire and close combat.” Thats it period. The throwing the bags of Skittles, and water bottles filled with urine, thats a discipline problem with the individual Marine and his unit.
    A force of arms is used only when all lesser means of negotiation have failed.So this personal moralizing issue of debating the legality of going to war means nothing to the poor buggers who have been thrust into the arena.
    As a 0369 of Marines and if I had found out that my platoon was doing activities such as throwing skittles, and throwing plastic water bottles filled with urine, those individuals would still be picking up empty water bottles and cleaning heads in theater. Irregardless of how a Marine feels about the local populace he or she will conduct themselves as United States Marines, and not as a damn fool.

  2. This guys is an admitted war criminal; why is he not in jail? I was with 1/7, he was in my Company, and I have no idea what he is talking about. He lies and has no evidence any of his claims; that I know of. He is now making living as a war protester; that is his agenda. Why do people believe trash like this? Because they are sheep. SgtMaj USMC

  3. I’m so glad that you were able to clear your conscience (Not realy). There will always be that 10% that want to act like idiots and morons. For the other 90% that went and did their jobs the way they was supposed to, thank you for keeping the high standards of the United States Marine Corps.

  4. Wow, this guy is a piece of work!!! My entire time over there I never once saw those kinds of things happen to any Iraqi people. Never were they sexually assaulted, or had piss thrown at them. Nothing was ever thrown at the kids except toys or candy, and thrown in a joking way as in they caught them because they wanted them. The kids over there LOVED us. So this dirt bag can make up whatever he wants, and if he did those things he needs to be in jail because it was not something any of our Marines would have stood for!!!!


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