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By Judith Moriarty
12 June -

This morning, listening to C-Span, I was sickened at the inhumane remarks made by callers from across the country (both parties). I would estimate that 90% of the people had no problem with the recent massacre of civilians in Haditha. It was apparent, listening to their comments that few had bothered to read the initial accounts of this massacre. There was the usual lionizing of the military fighting for peace, justice and the American way.

Haditha: A roadside bomb went off at 7:15 a.m. as local families were preparing for the day. They had the bad luck of living adjacent to this incident which killed a Marine. Immediately afterwards, Marines stormed the house directly across from the attack, shooting as they approached � though there was no gunfire from any of the homes.

A video shot by a local journalism student shows the bloody aftermath of what happened. Inside this home (the first one) was a 76 year old blind man in a wheelchair and his 66 year old wife and nine of their sons, daughters- in �laws and grandchildren. The Corner's report obtained by NBC News reported that the wheelchair bound, blind mean was shot in the stomach and head. The wife and five other relatives were killed by multiple gunshot wounds.

Ten year old Iman, who survived, told news reporters "The Americans came into the room where my father was praying and shot him. They went to my grandmother and killed her, too," Iman says. During this raid the house caught fire when a propane tank in the kitchen blew up. Marines then moved next door. Nine people were inside, and eight were killed, five of them children. Twelve year old Safa says she hid under the bed.

"They came in and shot all of us", she says, "I pretended I was dead". Marines then moved to a third location � a taxi parked by the side of the road. In it, were four university students and a driver. A witness watching from a nearby rooftop says Marines took the five men out of the car and executed them. The driver was screaming in English, "Please!, please!" but they shot him in the body.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., Marines stormed the house of Eid Ahmed, where they separated his four sons from the women and children � before killing the men. Nine year old Khalid was in the house. "This is my father!" he screamed, "God will take my revenge!" Note: And we wonder how terrorists are made (JM)

If not for the story in Time magazine, months after this event, it is doubtful it would have come to light. The first reports from the Marines, were that these civilians had died when the roadside bomb went off. Afterwards the story changed. It was then reported that they were being fired upon from these homes � and fired back. Investigations proved that this didn't happen, as the bullet holes were all within the homes, and not on the outer walls.

Citizens calling into C-Span were as cold blooded, as those who participated in this alleged attack on civilians. They casually, some vindictively stated; "This is war, things like this happen, everybody is the enemy, including women and children, our troops have to protect themselves." The tragic thing is, this event happened to get news coverage, most don't, including whole families shot up at road blocks and the massacre at Fallujah (no media coverage) where males from 15 -65 were not  permitted to leave the city.

Thousands of Iraqi citizens in Fallujah died in the midst of napalm, bombing and phosphorous weaponry. Bodies were found charred and melted; with the newest annihilating inventiveness of civilized man! With the Geneva Convention mocked by top officials, as being "archaic", the way has been paved for all kinds of mayhem. The torture, humiliation, and deaths at Abu Ghraib, were for the most part, reported by the American media, as nothing more than hazing! In this situation � only a few grunts were held accountable! Whatever the horror story, over and over, we are given the "bad apple theory". It seems apparent, that in this impossible madhouse of slaughter, this barrel of apples is now fermenting.
While there are (obvious) sociopaths in ALL walks of life; from politicians to your local minister, the theater of war is a Disney world of delight for these soulless ones, permitted to kill legally?

Marine General, Smedley Butler, a 34 year veteran of wars, stated upon his retirement, "All war is a racket". He went on to explain that he until he was out of the service; he never had an individual thought, but just followed orders. One can never excuse indiscriminate slaughter, but you can understand how it can happen. Men removed from the 'civilized' world; and thrust into a desert land thousands of miles from home, certainly don't have the option of quitting or calling their  representative! Like any organized group of people; be it doctors, lawyers, politicians, police, the workplace or the military � there's an unspoken code that the group mind rules! Rare is the person (sad to say) who will step outside this cult �like obedience, should anything untoward occur.

People basically have a herd instinct, fearful of facing the wrath, vindictiveness, and isolation of being set apart from the group. Many may not participate and be quite outraged at some of the things they witness � but they remain silent nevertheless and therefore accomplices. The military (and police) are especially close knit groups with a special bonding taking place. They depend on each other for their very lives. The whistleblower is seen as a 'traitor'. Society bears this out, when time and time again, you read of the person who reported such and such a wrong in the workplace/government/medical etc; being fired from their jobs and black balled!

Muslim cleric Abdul � Al � Kabaissi stated, "The situation has reached a level when the U.S. soldier becomes a professional killer, who kills with premeditation and deliberation". It is simply comedic theater, to watch politicians or these paid 'expert' talking heads, who spend the days of their lives, in protected gilded environments, giving their talking points on the inhumanities of war. War, plain and simple, turns ordinary people into barbarians � it's the nature of the beast; when death and melted flesh are daily events! FEAR has the soldier � shooting, killing and destroying all who threaten his existence! You don't experience this fly fishing, on a private hunting preserve, bike riding in Crawford, or slurping it up, in some Georgetown restaurant! Hell, someone drops a hammer in the Capitol, and the Suits go scurrying like rats deserting a ship.

None of the callers to C-Span, it appeared, were able to relate to the terrible ordeal that the Iraqi people are being subjected to. They are not safe in their homes preparing breakfast, not safe on their farms (Ali had his arms blown off), not safe in the Mosque or marketplace. Food, fuel, and electricity are in short supply in the scorching desert heat. Their culture was destroyed, on the first days of 'Shock and Awe', when museums, schools, and libraries were allowed to be looted of their antiquities or destroyed. Rumsfeld remarked "Stuff happens". With an attitude like that in leadership � is it any wonder that this surreal landscape, of a Salvador Dali painting, resembles a maniacal video arcade  with no exit door! Every moment is a Dante's Inferno.

The answer to the massacre at Haditha; is to institute seminars on ethics! Is it any wonder that thousands returning from war are mentally unhinged? How do you train youth from impoverished America (the elite don't do war � ask Cheney), to kill in the morning and then teach 'ethical' killing in the afternoon? I fear we're creating a generation of schizophrenics! Many returning from this bloodlust � are supposed to return to their, once upon a time suburban or rural environments, and live happily ever after! Only thing is, once men and women have been in the midst of war � they are forever changed. War opens a dark chamber in the recesses of man's psyche of the 'Silent Scream' that goes on forever.

It is my opinion that many give no thought to the war at all. I've met them. When I have attempted to broach it with them, all I hear is "they should kill all those rag heads and turn the place to glass � nuke'em � that's what we should do". I once thought that if the war was brought closer to home � outside the media propaganda, that there would be an outcry of one accord, to stop all war. I thought, if only they were witness to the children, shredded and traumatized in the name of democracy they would care. I don't think that way anymore. Ownership of an ideology � no matter how perverse; blinds men to truth. They adherents to war, and all its 'glory'; own the crazed youth shooting up Iraqi homes, the dogs set on terrified prisoners (caught up in village sweeps), the terror stricken children, the weapons that melt flesh from bone, the blind man in his wheelchair (not seeing his end coming), the pulverized cities, the poisoned land/water (depleted uranium), the grotesquely
deformed babies, the limbless soldier, grasping his tarnished medals, the multitudes of gravestones, the echo of taps, on a mountain top in Vermont, and the empty tortured eyes of the conqueror and conquered ones � unable to speak of that which is ever before them

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