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April 11, 2006

There was a time when it would not have surprised me that slaughtering civilians, even in a war zone would have consequences.

I suppose most of you have read about Haditha, right? That's the place where 23 civilians were gunned down by USofA soldiers.

I don't entirely fault the soldiers. When you come under attack, it's natural to strike back. I do find myself wondering if they habitually find those who set traps with IEDs hanging around to see the results? Especially disguised as three year-old children, sound asleep?

I do fault the attempt to cover this up. Releasing stories that these people attacked the soldiers or that they were killed by insurgents? Please.

Anyhow. Because there were witnesses, these stories didn't hold up.

On Friday, the Marines relieved of duty three leaders of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, which had responsibility for Haditha when the shooting occurred. They are Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and two of his company commanders, Capt. James S. Kimber and Capt. Lucas M. McConnell. McConnell was commanding Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion, the unit that struck the roadside bomb on Nov. 19 and led the subsequent search of the area.

You know how I feel about this. I feel that the officers leading the troops bear a heavy responsibility for keeping the troops in line.


There's really no "win" in this one, is there?

Posted by AnneZook at 06:14 PM