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Thursday, May 18, 2006
 
Murtha Kerries the Marines

Blackjack Murtha, obviously enjoying his newfound popularity with the idiot brigade, has abandoned his fellow marines. Michelle Malkin has the roundup.

There are details in this story that make me very suspicious.

But the details of what happened that morning in Haditha are more disturbing, disputed and horrific than the military initially reported. According to eyewitnesses and local officials interviewed over the past 10 weeks, the civilians who died in Haditha on Nov. 19 were killed not by a roadside bomb but by the Marines themselves, who went on a rampage in the village after the attack, killing 15 unarmed Iraqis in their homes, including seven women and three children. Human-rights activists say that if the accusations are true, the incident ranks as the worst case of deliberate killing of Iraqi civilians by U.S. service members since the war began.

I'm always a little suspicious of stories that involve US military killing women and children because it seems to play to the moonbat image of our soldiers as bloodthirsty beasts. It's more than a little reminiscent of this:

They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

I don't know the story of what happened that day. There are certainly indications in the MSNBC story that the accusations may be true. I'm not sure of the probative value of this:

A videotape taken by an Iraqi showed the aftermath of the alleged attack: a blood-smeared bedroom floor and bits of what appear to be human flesh and bullet holes on the walls.

The video, obtained by Time magazine, was broadcast a day after town residents told The Associated Press that American troops entered homes on Nov. 19 and shot dead 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old girl, after a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine.


Let's hope the story isn't true. But even if it is, it's one instance; anybody trying to find a pattern here is going to need to come up with a lot of similar cases.
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