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haditha as microcosm of iraq war - Ilya Shlyakhter (notestaff) - letters to editors
June 11th, 2006
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haditha as microcosm of iraq war
Haditha screams a message

Re "The warrior's way," Opinion, June 6

David. J. Danelo cautions against "placing too close an association on the Haditha massacre with the war's politics," but the connection is too important to ignore. Haditha is a perfect microcosm of the entire Iraq war. Some Iraqis killed a Marine, and his mates allegedly took revenge not on the killers but on the nearest defenseless Iraqis.

On 9/11 some Arabs killed our citizens, and we took revenge not on the killers but on the nearest defenseless Arabs. The Marines at Haditha took their cue from their commander in chief. President Bush's condemnations of their acts therefore sound hypocritical.

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