Haditha Killings, in Perspective… - 06.04.2006

As most of you are probably aware, there has been discussion for awhile now about “new evidence” in the Haditha Killings and findings by the US on the case.

I think the evidence is pretty clear in this incident, but something that’s important to remember is that this isn’t isolated.

The interesting element about this case is the existence of photographs and video evidence.

Unfortunately there’s no such evidence available from Ramadi, Duluiyah, and even most of Baghdad.

Right now Omar has no electricity, either from the powergrid or neighborhood generators, nor is water functioning for showering.

Isam is in Japan right now, discussing the situation in Iraq through contacts he has there. He told me that he knows dozens of people who were killed or injured in the Adhamiya bombings Omar detailed a few days ago.

Iraq is a war-zone, and that should never for an instant get out of people’s minds.

The Haditha massacre appears to have been uncovered, but what about the murder of a 7 year-old boy a friend in Ramadi witnessed a few weeks ago? He was standing in front of his house when the boy was crossing the street, holding only his schoolbooks.

The account I was given provided details as the incident unfolded, and I believe it to be genuine.

Today Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, was quoted thusly:

Nouri al-Maliki said violence against civilians had become a “daily phenomenon”.

“They crush them with their vehicles and kill them just on suspicion,” he said. “This is completely unacceptable.”

I won’t apologize for the killing, however I will ask you to consider that this is war’s reality. Soldiers in Ramadi and elsewhere are under attack everyday, and mistakes happen. Don’t for an instant think these mistakes should be acceptable, but also, don’t think Haditha or Abu Ghraib were isolated incidents.

Nor were Mai Lai or Hiroshima.


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