Massacre of Iraqi civilians in Haditha committed by U.S. Marines

The Haditha killings (also called the Haditha massacre) were a series of killings on 19 November 2005, in which a group of United States Marines killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The killings occurred in Haditha, a city in Iraq's western province of Al Anbar. Among the dead were men, women, children and elderly people, who were shot multiple times at close range while unarmed. It was alleged that the killings were a retribution for the attack on a convoy of Marines with an improvised explosive device that killed Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas.


Do Hadithans Hate Us for Our Freedoms?, by Jacob Hornberger, 2 Jun 2006
"... defenders of the president's war ... are suggesting that the killing of 24 defenseless civilians in Haditha ... were committed by only a few U.S. soldiers ... Who honestly believes that the friends and family members ... of those who were killed and maimed in Haditha ... are likely to say, 'We hate America ... because of America's First Amendment and rock and roll'?"
Iraqi Death by Political Abstraction, by Sheldon Richman, 5 Jun 2006
Examines the causes of the 2005 Haditha killings, reflecting on Leonard Read's notable essay "Conscience in the Battlefield"
"When men trained to kill on a battlefield ... are ordered into civilian areas where many residents see the troops as an occupying force rather than as liberators, what would you expect to happen? ... So who is ultimately responsible for the massacre of the 24 unarmed Iraqis at Haditha? ... Many things about war are uncertain, but one thing we know for sure: men of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, would not be under investigation for cold-blooded murder had they never left Camp Pendleton in southern California. Why did they leave? Because President Bush decreed a policy that led to their being ordered to Iraq."
Is This Really War?, by Sheldon Richman, 16 Jun 2006
Discusses the Haditha killings and argues that U.S. troops in Iraq are acting more as a police force for the new Iraqi regime
"When innocent civilians are killed, as they were in November in Haditha, people will often say that such is war. But is this war? ... Eyewitness accounts say American Marines shot men, women, and children execution-style in their houses. ... the Marines, responding to gunfire from a house after a roadside explosion killed one of their men, threw a fragmentation grenade into the house, then entered with guns blazing, killing everyone inside."
Massacre of Civilians Was Inevitablec, by Eric Margolis, 19 Jun 2006
"The real blame for Haditha, of course, belongs to an administration that plunged the U.S. into an unnecessary, no-win war in Iraq, and with Pentagon brass. And with those senior Washington officials who spit on the Geneva Conventions and laws of war and telegraphed their contempt right down the line."
Our Terrorism, and Theirs: Liberal apologetics for American atrocities, by Justin Raimondo, 5 Jun 2006
"If it weren't for Iraqi human rights activist Taher Thabet, who videotaped the immediate aftermath of the Haditha atrocities, the cover-up engineered by local commanders (and possibly others higher up the chain of command) would have succeeded. When Marine units arrived at Haditha in the wake of the massacre, they found women, children, and an old man, shot dead ..."
Related Topic: Iraq War (2003)
Rationalizing Haditha: The War Party's 'moderates' minimize it - and the crazier neocons deny it, by Justin Raimondo, 7 Jun 2006
"The Haditha massacre is not the result of individual failings, or of a 'renegade' squadron that somehow shucked its training and went berserk. It is the inevitable consequence of a policy that cannot be implemented without inflicting massive casualties on the enemy ... in a country where the overwhelming majority want the occupation to end."
Related Topics: Iraq, Iraq War (2003)
The Abominations of War: From My Lai to Haditha, by Cindy Sheehan, 5 Jun 2006
Responds to those who demand to "support our troops" and the President by listing various immoral and illegal actions, suggesting instead that George W. Bush be prosecuted as a war criminal and offering support to those who disobey unlawful orders
"The massacre in Haditha on November, 19, 2005, is just another way to underscore the fact that our troops are being turned into war criminals in what one article called: 'The Worst War Crime of the Iraq War.' ... The most difficult part of this writing is in trying to reconcile the fact that our soldiers, for one example, in Haditha, could not show conscience and restraint, qualities which may have prevented a murderous rampage."
The Meaning of Haditha: Murderous depravity and empire-building go hand-in-hand, by Justin Raimondo, 2 Jun 2006
"We are not talking about National Guard units, here: these are U.S. Marines, highly-trained killing machines who know the rules of war, know the difference between a woman with a baby in her arms and a group of insurgents, and know, furthermore, that the war they are fighting is supposed to be against terrorism."
Related Topics: Imperialism, Iraq War (2003)
The President Seems Out of Touch With Events on the Ground in Iraq, by Robert Higgs, 31 May 2006
"... newspapers around the world were reporting on an investigation of the massacre of at least two dozen Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines in Haditha ... The merest child knows how the investigation and the prosecution of those charged with these killings will proceed, sparing all senior officers and punishing only the grunts who pulled the triggers ..."
What's Become of Americans?, by Paul Craig Roberts, 22 Mar 2006
Ponders the lack of reaction by Americans to events related to the Iraq War, such as the missing WMDs, Abu Ghraib, mass surveillance, "free speech" zones, the death toll and the Haditha massacre
"Now comes a report in the online edition of Time magazine that U.S. Marines went on a rampage in the village of Haditha and deliberately slaughtered 15 unarmed Iraqis in their homes. The Iraqis were still in their bed clothes, and 10 of the 15 were women and children. The Marines turned in a false report that the civilians were killed by an insurgent bomb. But the evidence of wanton carnage was too powerful."

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Are Haditha Killings a Modern Day My Lai?, by Jeff Danziger, 2 Jun 2006

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