May 26, 2006


Captains Quarters is a good jumping off point for blog coverage of the reports of killings of unarmed Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines at Haditha. Here's some of what Ed Morrissey wrote:

Needless to say, every Marine involved in this atrocity must face court-martial, and their command has to answer for the brutal murders of people that we took under our protection. Those court-martials must be public and thorough. Nothing should be held back. The men charged should receive the best defense possible in order to ensure that justice is done. If the report turns out to be accurate and the men involved are found guilty, they need to get the full punishment due them under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

We need to demonstrate that we stand for something better than Haditha, and we need to show the world that we will hold all those responsible accountable for their crimes. Justice will provide cold comfort to those who have died and those who mourn them, but we owe the victims and the Iraqi people as much justice as we can provide.

And we will get to the bottom of this. And the guilty will be punished. And the remaining 99.9 per cent of American soldiers will continue to serve honorably. Meanwhile, the enemies of America are licking their chops. It's the media event of the summer.

See Malkin too.

Posted by dan at May 26, 2006 9:50 PM