Massacre?' -- 'What Massacre?' -- Haditha
[col. writ. 9/6/07]
(c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal
The calendar has shed weeks and many months since the name, Haditha, stirred so many people in Iraq, the US, and around the world.
Within days of its announcement came the horror of recognition; it reminded us all of the carnage of Vietnam's My Lai massacre, where women, babies, dogs and chickens shared the sleep of death in a tropical ditch.
It differed from Vietnam only in its scope, and number, but, in every sense of which the word 'massacre' may be used, this was it.
Here, US soldiers entered Iraqi homes on free fire, unloading on anything moving, or not moving quickly enough.
Well, the US military justice system has finished its work, and -- voila! -- except for a few letters of censure (the military form of reprimand) no one has been punished for the Haditha Massacre.
Of the dead Iraqi women and children? They were not victims of American killers in uniform; they were victims of the nebulous 'fog of war.'
In war, stuff happens.
Let's move on.
One military prosecutor said he declined to punish the soldiers further because to do so would "harm unit morale."
That's US justice, for all the world to see - the 'law' of the Occupier.
Dozens of Iraqi civilians were slain in their homes, under their beds, while holding their babies, unarmed, and the US Imperial Government issues its final ruling.
'No harm, no foul.'