June 11, 2006
Haditha - The Marines side
WAPO has an article detailing the Marines' side of the Haditha incident.
A sergeant who led a squad of Marines during the incident in Haditha, Iraq, that left as many as 24 civilians dead said his unit did not intentionally target any civilians, followed military rules of engagement and never tried to cover up the shootings, his attorney said.
As usual, there is a ton of discussion in the blogsphere.
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The usual finger pointing applies in many cases, and the usual side taking. Read the whole WAPO article. For me it raises some interesting questions about the Rules of Engadgement,
"When I was in Iraq," Morgenstein said, "the Anbar-wide ROEs [rules of engagement] did not say we had the authority to knock down any door, throw in a hand grenade and kill everyone." Still, he said, if someone in a house in Haditha was shooting at them, the Marines' response may have been within procedure. "If they felt they took fire from that house, then that may be authorized."(emphasis mine)
but does not "prove," anything. As I said from the begining, I am going to wait until the investigation is over to pass any judgement....
Let me point out that I am not going to pass judgement on any of this. I am not, nor have I... walked the back alleys of a war zone, so I can't pass judgement on how soldiers react to danger situations. I can only say that this situation provides us with an opportunity to really understand how the war is being conducted and what the RULES are. As this investigation winds down, the truth will be revealed one way or the other. When that happens, we can all make an assessment of how we think the war is being conducted in our name. Until then... I will pass on the political volleyball. I have said it from the begining, I hope that our Marines are innocent. If this was a case of an accident, perhaps it is time to take a hard look at the rules of engadgement, with an eye towards not only protecting our troops but minimizing the chance that such an accident could happen again.
Others with a point of view:
Posted by David A at June 11, 2006 01:53 PM
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It's not a blame game or finger pointing. There is more to this story: alot of people care about the sanctity of human life. Women and children were murdered by U.S. soldiers: the good name of the United States Marine Corps must be upheld by insuring that individuals who practice conduct that tarnishes that reputation (such as the slaughtering of innocent civilians, women and children included) must be brought to justice, and steps must be taken to ensure that this sort of thing does not happen again.
Posted by: Misneach at June 11, 2006 08:43 PM
how do they know that some people begged for their lives? could it be that the insurgent members of this family that was killed, put them in harms way to besmirch the marines name. we know that they use civilians as shields all the time. could this family have martyred themselves?
Posted by: pepe at August 19, 2006 11:50 PM
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