Killing of Iraqi Civilians
The abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib brought out other instances, including Guantanamo, and the outsourcing of torture under CIA's extraordinary rendition program. Similarly, the exposure of deliberate killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha on November 19, 2005, has resulted in disclosure of other cases, one is about deaths of civilians in Ishaqi. "U.S. commanders used appropriate force in taking down a safe house in Iraq during a March 15 military raid that led to the deaths of as many as a dozen civilians, according to the results of an investigation announced in Baghdad yesterday
." This, however, is not the end of the story. The BBC
reports that :"The Iraqi government has rejected the findings of a US military investigation into the deaths of 11 civilians in the village of Ishaqi, north of Baghdad.
- A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said the report, which cleared the US soldiers of wrongdoing, was unfair.
Josh White in The Washington Post
: "A third case, involving a separate group of Marines, could lead to murder charges at Camp Pendleton in California. In that case, Marines allegedly dragged an Iraqi civilian out of his home and executed him. A defense attorney for one of the Marines had predicted that charges would be filed by yesterday, but Camp Pendleton officials said they had not been filed as of last night."
The death toll for Iraqi civilians kept going up and up (currently close to 40,000) and yet hardly raised any eyebrows here in America. They were expendable in Bush's war. Perhaps now, after three years, there would be some attention paid to civilian casualties, especially when military action is involved. Let us hope so.*
Bumper sticker seen this morning on a Volvo in Palo Alto: STOP THE MAD COWBOY DISEASE.*****