Archive | May, 2006
Here are a couple of recent pieces of information to augment that story.
Today the AP has just released this story:
2 Iraqi women killed by coalition troops
The media feeding frenzy around what has been referred to as “Iraq’s My Lai” has become frenetic. Focus on US Marines slaughtering at least 20 civilians in Haditha last November is reminiscent of the media spasm around the “scandal” of Abu Ghraib during April and May 2004.
Yet just like Abu Ghraib, while the media spotlight shines squarely on the Haditha massacre, countless atrocities continue daily, conveniently out of the awareness of the general public. Torture did not stop simply because the media finally decided, albeit in horribly belated fashion, to cover the story, and the daily slaughter of Iraqi civilians by US forces and US-backed Iraqi “security” forces has not stopped either.
An internal military investigation has found that U.S. marines killed as many as 24 Iraqis – including women and children – in the city of Haditha on November 19, 2005 and then tried to cover it up. In this video, Amy Goodman speaks with: an attorney and researcher at Human Rights Watch, independent journalist Dahr Jamail, and the bureau chief for Knight Ridder in Baghdad. Not surprisingly, the day after the Haditha event, Al Jazeera’s November 20th, 2005 report about the Haditha massacre was more correct than the western corporate media. So we need to ask: Does the “cover-up” implicate much of the western corporate media as well as individuals in the military?