Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Haditha, Iraq - The Truth, It is Ugly
Initial reports about the massacre of civilians in Haditha were disturbing. There was a sense that something horrible took place there on November 19, 2005. Now it has been officially confirmed that some members of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, went on a rampage and shot 24 Iraqi civilians, including women and children. Yes, the perpetrators must answer for what they did but trial and punishment of the offenders will not erase the shameful episode, and they will not heal the sorrow and anger of the Iraqis. Congressman John Murtha (D-Pa), who was among those who demanded a release of report of the enquiry, had mentioned attempts to coverup. Coverup at this point is no longer an issue. An editorial in the Post calls for full accountability.
People around the world have been shown the evilness of the US marines, who correctly represent the US nation as a whole.
These US terrorist marines are no different from Al Qaeda terrorist.
I disagree. All marines are not "evil". Congressman John Murtha who played a leading role in demanding full investigation and report of the massacre in Haditha, was himself a decorated war veteran---a marine---although he didn't serve in Iraq. I think the leaders (including Tony Blair) who began the war against Iraq are in a way worse than the marines involved in the killings in Haditha.
I agree that not all US marines are not terrorist just like I accept the fact that not all Muslims are extremists or terrorists. But one aspect is for certain that the atrocity in Haditha is none less an act of terrorism in comparison to the crimes the terrorists have committed against the west, so why should these terrorist marines get away with it?