They say that truth is the first casualty of war, but the lessons of recent wars in Vietnam, and now Iraq show, if nothing else, that honor is not far behind. Despite the best efforts of those marines who ostensibly tore incriminating pages from an official logbook for Nov. 19, the day of the Haditha massacre, in order to keep word of how those 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians were murdered, as well as delay release of the information, a clearer picture of what happened that autumn, 2005 in Iraq is beginning to surface. And, in the face of a new majority in what may come to be known as the Congress of accountability, may even cause us to take a closer, if painful, look at how the massacre began .
Widely published, poet, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter; member of PEN American Center, and PEN USA. Jayne Lyn Stahl is a Huffington Post blogger.
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