The American military has been rocked again with claims of atrocities against unarmed civilians in the town of Ishaq in Iraq by members of the 101st Airborne.
And this follows on the heels of accusations that US Marines killed 24 civilians in the western town of Haditha last November.
They're not isolated cases. No Gun Ri (Korea), My Lai (Vietnam) and Abu Ghraib (Iraq) are the more high profile cases, but the above is becoming more prevalent.
Is todays current soldier less moral than in previous years? I don't think so, and several atrocities go back a number of years.
Is it to do with the pressure being placed on the American soldier to act as the worlds 'fireman', being placed in extremely awkward situations where the psychological pressure of ones comrades deaths in a 'policing' environment results in an explosion of anger and frustration? Perhaps.
Several nations have been in this situation in the past. The French Army in Algeria and in Vietnam; The British Army in Palestine and Cyprus; both suffered similar laspes by it's military forces aganst civilians.
I don't profess to know the answer. All I do know is that things are likely to get much worse before they improve.