Thursday, June 01, 2006

Ishaqi - Another Massacre Caught on Tape?

"The BBC has uncovered new video evidence that US forces may have been responsible for the deliberate killing of 11 innocent Iraqi civilians." LINK

(Hat tip: 1115)

As I wrote earlier, rightwing bloggers have come unhinged over Haditha:
"Michelle Malkin posts an LGF photo of Palestinian children carrying weapons - the implication being? That shooting children is justified?

Glenn Reynolds links to a comment threatening civil war in the US.

At RCP, Jed Babbin writes, "If it were up to Cong. John Murtha, Duke University rape case prosecutor Mike Nifong would be transferred to the Haditha case."
If this BBC report is accurate, expect more extreme rhetoric from these rightwing bloggers as they cling to the tattered remnants of their fictional moral justification for this misadventure.

UPDATE: CNN reports that a US military investigation has cleared troops in the Ishaqi incident.

UPDATE 2: Iraq rejects US probe clearing troops of killings.


Anonymous Ryan said...

Just when I thought I was building up a tolerance level to Michelle Malkin...

6/02/2006 8:47 AM  
Anonymous billmon said...

That's the problem with being an honorary Aryan -- you always have to prove you're more extreme than the real thing. And with Ann Coulter around, that ain't easy.

6/02/2006 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should put the bs the right wingers are spewing aside....along with the attitude that the soldiers are guilty child killers until all the evidance is in. Wouldn't that be nice. However, I gaurantee the facts will be twisted by both sides to make political hay, truth be damned.

6/02/2006 11:32 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

You should see some of the commenters over at Confederate Yankee. Here's a taste of the logic there, from comment #76 (at this writing the last one)on this post:

[...] Some posters here want very much to make the 'freedom fighters' murderers, responsible for the death of a pregnant woman, while ignoring the existent and observable reality that she was in the company of the 'enslave and hide-behind-women-and-children' fighters, which, not to put too fine a point on it, argues for her classification as 'enemy', whether actively armed or not.

Parallel to Vietnam? This: CHILDREN can throw grenades, can count American troops, can report American positions, can wilfully obstruct troops in the belief that Americans are the "Bad Guys", when in fact, the Americans are there to help.

(Think of a surgeon's scalpel cutting through perfectly good tissue, to get at a life-threatening purulence behind it... 'innocent' cells die, to get the diseased tissue!)

6/02/2006 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think of an unnecesary surgery where the surgeon touches up the x-rays to show a cancer which does not in fact exist who then operates on the patient without anesthesia, equipment, or procedures causing a huge, festering infection.

6/02/2006 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hearts and minds.

6/02/2006 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The massive broadcasting of the massacres of innocent Iraqi civilians--"worse than Abu Ghraib"--and of the ensuing cover-up, will threaten the will to win the Iraq War like nothing else before, because TV diffusion of violent images has the power to neutralize the legitimacy of the US government and its Army.

The military post-Cold War doctrine, post-MAD, is called 'full-spectrum force'. And Bush's wars are so closely linked to the functioning of the mass-media that TV must be considered part of the 'full-spectrum' of military force. On the far end of the spectrum of force is full-scale warfare, including massive invasion and the tactical use of WMDs.

Now my question is: Since TV is part of the full-spectrum force, how will the Military use it to neutralize the disastrous effect of the massacres' images?

More on the MagMa Report

6/02/2006 4:05 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

I've been fascinated watching the right wingers go on a premptive strike against anyone who is against the war.

Many have been saying "the left is cheering over the Haditha Masacre".

I have yet to hear anyone "cheer" or call the troops baby killers as people did during Vietnam.

I have heard and read a lot of people on the left NOT blame the troops but put the blame right smack aquare where it belongs: On the Bush Administration.

I could tell the right was worried as soon as they began attacking and spining on this issue.

6/02/2006 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We now know according to the Pentagon that these soldiers acted correctly.

Well is that not nice that killing children is the way to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqis. And is ALWAYS JUSTIFIED.


6/03/2006 6:50 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

" We now know according to the Pentagon that these soldiers acted correctly."

I have a friend who served in Iraq over 500 days. He told me that in their training they were told to kill women & children--every Iraqi is a terrorist...

it's that lgf mentality...shoot 'em now is better than shooting them later...there's one less terrorist...

6/06/2006 10:38 AM  

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