Monday, May 29, 2006

Iraq 's My Lai and Afghan Riots... on Memorial Day.

Today is Memorial Day in the US but quite a bitter one if we are to believe the following news from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today's NYT published testimonies of Iraqis who say they survived the mass killings of civilians by Marines in Haditha last November.

Those stories can't be independently corroborate but the then LATimes gives the account of a marine part of the "cleanup crew" sent to carry out the bodies of victims, and he took photos of the dead that he gave to the Haditha Marine command center.

On may still have doubts... but when this man speaks, you should really begin to ask questions:

A powerful member of Congress [Rep. John P. Murtha (Pa.), ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommitte] alleged yesterday that there has been a conscious effort by Marine commanders to cover up the facts of a November incident in which rampaging Marines allegedly killed 24 Iraqi civilians. (Wash. Post)

Some now call the Haditha Massacre: Iraq’s My Lai! In the meantime, today saw the worst rioting in the Afghan capital since the fall of the Taliban regime following a traffic accident Monday involving U.S. troops.


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