During the Iraq war in 2004 the Wall Street Journal ran a front page story about the “new training” the Marines were receiving.
In addition to being drilled in combat skills and heavy weaponry, they were receiving instruction regarding respect for the Iraqi citizens. The Marine commanders borrowed the maxim from the Hippocratic Oath: “First do no harm.” The philosophy behind the new protocol was not intended to put the Marines at unwarranted risk, but defuse hostility and suspicion. The article called it a “reprogramming campaign” that teaches these skilled soldiers to ask questions first and shoot later. Continue reading