Update – Murtha speaks
Just a quick follow-up on last night’s post: Today’s Toronto Star has an article by Tim Harper on the investigation into last November’s Haditha massacre:
Comparisons are being made to the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam, when U.S. soldiers, including members of an army platoon led by Lieut. William Calley, killed some 500 innocent Vietnamese villagers.
The massacre was blamed, in part, by the psychological pressure of overtaxed soldiers fighting an unpopular war and [former marine and Democratic Congressman James] Murtha has already speculated that with respect to the current incident, the members of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, made up of Marines mostly in their second Iraq deployment, may have been stressed past their limit.
Murtha goes on to say:
“I will not excuse murder. And this is what happened. There’s no question in my mind about it. This investigation should have been over two or three weeks afterwards, and it should have been made public, and people should have been held responsible for it.”
It has taken seven months for the investigation into the Hadditha tragedy to become public – the question is how long will it take for the Mukaradeeb massacre to make it into North American newspapers and for an actual investigation to take place?