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I know that some of our readers are waiting for us to weigh in on the Marine unit accused of a day-long spree of murdering civilians in Haditha. I think I can speak for Clay and Will when I say that the very thought of such actions being committed by Americans makes me want to vomit. Give me a couple of days to finish scrabbling together a better editorial.

1 June, 2006 4:10 PM - Posted by | Just a thought..


  1. And yet when a cop kills a baby, shoots three unarmed people in the back in two weeks, or shoots an Airman home from Iraq point blank (caught on video), everyone turns their head while the cops get a short paid vacation. The people in the US need to stop being so oversenstive about war and start waking up to the atrocities in their own homeland instead….

    Comment by Buddy Holly | 2 June, 2006 1:17 AM | Reply

  2. I certainly think that “oversensitive” is a bit much in this situation. Yes, war is awful. No, I didn’t like it, and I don’t plan on going back. However, to call us “oversensitive” for being disgusted at a massacre of civilians by troops who are supposed to be holding themselves to a higher standard than any other military in the world is, quite frankly, fucking ignorant. More later.

    Comment by Clay | 2 June, 2006 6:48 PM | Reply

  3. Oversensitive wasn’t directed towards y’all, and was never condoning what happened in Haditha. Just stating that most people (maybe because of the media) ignore what happens here on the homefront, but when the military does something, it gets blasted everywhere across the media and people think the military is the most horrible thing on the planet. Cops have tasers to electrocute you, sticks to beat you, pepper spray to blind you, guns to shoot you, vests to stop the bullets, get paid 3x more than a military man in combat, and complain how they don’t get paid more because of their ‘dangerous’ job–while the military are over there in a much more dangerous situation with no vests, fancy armoured air-cooled cars, and watch their buddies get blown up daily. Just why does most of America pay no attention to the crap that goes on here?—like the military funeral protestors who only got a small blurb on TV while they continue to hold up signs at funerals saying “Thank god for dead soldiers.”

    Comment by Buddy Holly | 2 June, 2006 7:04 PM | Reply

  4. Here’s some oversensitivity: if they did it, they should all be strung up. The military, especially the Marines, are held to higher standards. We have to be, a police coup isn’t going to overthrow the country.

    That being said, I think the police get somewhat of a free hand simply because they’re on the right side of the law. They have connections and such, and look out for each other. It’s fucked up, but it’s life. I think we should compensate by throwing the fucking book at the ones we can nail.

    Comment by Todd | 3 June, 2006 10:01 AM | Reply

  5. Personally, I think if the Marines did kill the civilians, it’s only because they wanted revenge on the arab that killed their friends the previous day–which is still no reason to do so, but the pressure of such environments can turn people. But as I watch TV in regards to the BBC video, the video was taken by Sunni’s who hate the coalition forces, and supposedly only shows the aftermath of it all…perhaps they are being framed and now political scapegoats.

    Comment by Clark | 3 June, 2006 11:34 AM | Reply

  6. Well, to that I’d say that I doubt Marines are being framed. Unless the insurgency is about to take on a different tactic of political warfare, I’d say that if Sunni’s wanted Coalition forces to hurt, they would blow them up. I do, however, completely agree that it is possible we are only seeing the “money” footage of American Marines after combat with dead civilians. If anything is being framed, it’s Sunni’s killing Sunni’s and blaming the coalition…

    Comment by willcharlton | 3 June, 2006 4:28 PM | Reply

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