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“[It’s] as bad as Abu Ghraib, if not worse.”

The massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians by US marines in November 2005 is turning out to be the worst war crime since the start of the invasion and the worst public relations disaster this administration has ever seen. That is no small task, considering the contenders for first place - Abu Ghraib, Katrina, Abramoff, and Plame, among other even BIGGER scandals that have yet to get the attention that they should.
'We're supposed to be fighting this war for democracy, and yet something like this happens that sets us back,' [US Congressman John Murtha] told the Cable News Network (CNN) Tuesday. 'It is as bad as Abu Ghraib, if not worse.'

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[Meanwhile,] Iraqi leaders openly accused US Marines of killing civilians in cold blood even before [release of the] US military's official report [.]

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The civilians were 'victims of a wrong operation,' Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said in a British Broadcasting Corp interview aired Tuesday. 'It is not justifiable that a family is killed because someone is fighting terrorists,' he said [adding that he would launch his own investigation.]

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[In response, the] Bush administration has promised full public disclosure of the results of a U.S. military investigation into the alleged killings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines last year.
Though the murders themselves were beyond gruesome, the administration is fully capable and ready to dismiss them as an abberation. It's the subsequent attempt to cover them up that promises to be far more damaging, according to this Channel 4 video report.
"There is a direct conflict between the findings of investigation team, that is the on scene investigation team, and what was reported by the Iraqi citizens themselves."
--Senator John Warner, Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee

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Senior officers are thought to have been complicit in covering it up and according to some it goes right up the chain of command[.]

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"I know there was a cover-up someplace. They knew about this a few days afterwards," [Murtha] told ABC television earlier this week.

"There is no question the chain of command tried to stifle this story. I can understand why, but that doesn't excuse it.

"Something like this has to be brought out to the public and the people have to be punished. This thing has been going on for six months - they knew the day afterwards."
But as usual, the administration attempts to isolate the blame to 'a few bad apples' conducting themselves beyond its command and control.
[Gen Peter Pace,] the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - the president's most senior military adviser - is at the moment saying very little:

"Clearly the individuals involved - if they are responsible for the things they are being accused of - have not performed their duty the way that 99.9% of their fellow marines have.

"We'll get to the bottom of the investigation and take the appropriate action if there needs to be any."
We can only pray that that this time the TRUTH sees the light of day - at which point we must demand that every person responsible for the murders and the subsequent coverup be held accountable before the world - first and foremost - GEORGE W. BUSH.

8 Comments:

At Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Anonymous everyman said...

"But as usual, the administration attempts to isolate the blame to 'a few bad apples' conducting themselves beyond its command and control."

So, would you contend that Gen. Pace is wrong? Are you suggesting that this incident, if the allegations are true, is representative of the way our military always handles its responsibilities? In other words, in your twisted view, 100% of our military members are to blame for slaughtering innocent civilians? Just business as usual right?

"We can only pray that that this time the TRUTH sees the light of day - at which point we must demand that every person responsible for the murders and the subsequent coverup be held accountable before the world - first and foremost - GEORGE W. BUSH."

Oh I'm sure all of you liberals would just love to see Bush "get what's coming to him." He is after all "a war criminal." Your twisted views make me sick.

 
At Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

"everyman" said: "in your twisted view, 100% of our military members are to blame for slaughtering innocent civilians?"

Your logic is appalling. Just because I don't believe that 99.9% of our military would not commit similar atrocities, doesn't mean that I think 100% of them would.

And yes, Bush is a war criminal for waging an unjustified war based on LIES. None of these people, neither Iraqis nor American soldiers would have died had it not been for that man and his administration's LIES.

 
At Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

And I'm not "liberal." I'm just paying attention.

 
At Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Anonymous everyman said...

My logic is appalling? If this atrocity, if it even happened the way the MSM wants us to believe, is not confined to a small group of bad apples, as you protest to believe, then it must not be confined at all right? That is the way you present it to readers, even if it is not what you mean.

A war based on lies, Bush is a liar, blah blah blah. Its the same ol' same ol' rhetoric with you people. You propose that Bush lied about Iraq's intentions even though the Dems were echoing the same thing when it was to their advantage. If Bush lied, then so did Al Gore, Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and the other Dems. Should they be put on trial for war crimes as well?

 
At Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Buddy, your empty liberal vs. conservative rhetoric is misplaced here. I wouldn't stand up for Democrats if my life depended on it.

Republicans and Democrats are two peas in the same genetically engineered pod.

 
At Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Anonymous drac said...

Well said qrs. Why can't some people understand that you can be something other than democrat or republican or green party etc. Maybe we should come up with a catchy name to classify us. How about constitutionalists?

Maybe just "people who dont blindly follow everything they are told"

 
At Wednesday, May 31, 2006, Blogger vper1 said...

drac, The Pirate Party? :P

 
At Sunday, June 04, 2006, Blogger Citisucks said...

Everyman,
Your not everyman. Your a sick twisted rich white *&^*&^%% who because he is white and overprivelleged he represents everyone you don't scum bag. Oh and by the way Bu$h isn't just a war criminal he is a terrorist (of course I am sure according to your twisted logic that term only applies to white people). Oh and if you don't think Bu$h is a lier your pretty stupid aren't you!?!

Oh and here is even more proof the the Democrats are a fake oppositon party :http://www.therealdifference.org

 

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