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Massacre? What Massacre? Haditha

recorded 9/8/07

 

1) 2:29 Radio Essay Mp3

1) 2:53 Radio Essay Mp3

'Massacre?' -- 'What Massacre?' -- Haditha
[col. writ. 9/6/07] (c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal

The calendar has shed weeks and many months since the name, Haditha,
stirred so many people in Iraq, the US, and around the world.

Within days of its announcement came the horror of recognition; it
reminded us all of the carnage of Vietnam's My Lai massacre, where women,
babies, dogs and chickens shared the sleep of death in a tropical ditch.

It differed from Vietnam only in its scope, and number, but, in every
sense of which the word 'massacre' may be used, this was it.

For here, in the Iraqi city of Haditha, women, children, old men and
young, were swept away from life, by the automatic weapons fire of American
guns, held in American hands; an apparent retaliation for an IED blast which
killed an American soldier several hours earlier.

Here, US soldiers entered Iraqi homes on free fire, unloading on
anything moving, or not moving quickly enough.

Well, the US military justice system has finished its work, and --
voila! -- except for a few letters of censure (the military form of
reprimand) no one has been punished for the Haditha Massacre.

Indeed, one might ask, albeit facetiously, 'What massacre?' For it seems
that no US military rules of engagement were violated, and if US military
judges are to be believed, no war crimes occurred.

Of the dead Iraqi women and children? They were not victims of American
killers in uniform; they were victims of the nebulous 'fog of war.'

In war, stuff happens.

Let's move on.

One military prosecutor said he declined to punish the soldiers further
because to do so would "harm unit morale."

That's US justice, for all the world to see - the 'law' of the Occupier.

If ever we engaged in the illusion that the puppets in government in
Iraq were little more than U.S. stringed mannequins, their silence on
Haditha is evidence enough.

Dozens of Iraqi civilians were slain in their homes, under their beds,
while holding their babies, unarmed, and the US Imperial Government issues
its final ruling.

'No harm, no foul.'

We are looking at something that will mark the world for a generation;
it is the poisoning of Imperialism, which warps the mind and stains the soul
with the semblance of superiority.

'Massacre?' 'What massacre?'

Only some Arabs were killed.

To the Empire, they don't count.

--(c) '07 maj

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