Friday, May 26, 2006
What Captain Ed said.
"But after Time magazine obtained pictures showing dead women and children and quoted Iraqis who said the attack was unprovoked, the Marine Corps backtracked on its explanation and called for an investigation."
Imagine the shit that doesn't get photographed.
Look at it from both directions. If the Marines *didn't* begin an investigation, then they would be seen as tolerating civilian massacres, whether it was true or not. Generals care about PR.
I'm among the more skeptical of the populace, myself. Though I've no particularly great love of the Marines, rushing from house to house over the course of hours and methodically shooting people does not ring true. Servicemembers are still American people and that kind of behavior is completely alien to our mainstream society. If they were, say, Serbian or Rwandan Marines, I'd probably think differently.
Also, is there some sort of larger Iraqi outcry? Comments by their government? I remember one case a few years ago where a couple of poor Iraqi college age kids were forced into a river and drowned; a number of Iraqis, including bloggers, talked about it and complained to the authorities. The investigation proved the charges founded and the soldiers involved (Army) were prosecuted and convicted. This investigation was triggered by a reporter. Bit of a difference.