Friday, June 2, 2006

Haditha Is Not My Lai

No matter what the Left-wing Bush haters say or think, what happened in Haditha isn't the same thing that happened in My Lai. Hundreds of people were killed by a company of soldiers. Some say it was on orders, others say it wasn't. That's not what happened in Haditha. According to Time.com, 15 Iraqis were killed, but according to Wikipedia 24 were killed. I'm sorry I don't know the exact number. And it wasn't done by a company. It was around 12. Now, unlike John Murtha, I'm not ready to convict these men or the Military just yet. I have a novel idea. Let's wait until more information comes out. Crazy, I know. But if it is true that these Marines did kill these people without provocation, then punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

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3 comments:

Za said...

I agree. As single incidents go, I'd put that down to a media penchant for sensationalism.

What I will point to though, is the fact that the Iraqi Prime Minister has suggested that it isn't a one-off thing, and attacks on civilians will play a role in future decisions on how long they will ask American forces to remain in Iraq. That has me a little bit worried, since that's basically them saying that they're considering throwing away what's keeping them in power.

Indian Chris said...

Well, we can't force them to run their country a certain way. They have their own democratically elected government and if that government asks us to leave we should.

Za said...

True, but at the same time, it'd be suicide for them, and they're well aware of it.

Which in turn leads one to wonder how they're seeing the situation. More than likely there are far more civilian killings than we hear, simply because of the way the war is fought.