Sunday, February 17, 2008
On November 19, 2005, the US Marines killed 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha. Today the investigation has culminated in a military courts marshal against the two soldiers considered responsible. The defense is likely to argue that the killings were 'justified' under the RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, and they are right.
In WAR atrocities happen. Civilians get killed. It is never just, but if you WIN the war, then you have committed no war crimes, under the law. The truth is that WAR is the murder of one group by another group, that is what it means. The WAR is the CRIME. That individuals can legally hide behind RULES OF ENGAGEMENT does not admonish them from their moral obligations. They may not be imprisoned for their deeds, but they are forever guilty.
In Haditha unarmed men, women, and children were killed in their pajamas. Some say that it was retribution for a road bomb that killed one US Marine. No one will be held accountable.
See ,"RULES of ENGAGEMENT" on FRONTLINE.