Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Killing Civilians

Tim McGirk of Time has a chilling story this week on whether a battalion of U.S. Marines massacred 15 civilians, including women and children, in western Iraq. "One Morning in Haditha" explores how the Marines responded last November after insurgents killed Lance Corporal Miguel (T.J.) Terrazas, 20, of El Paso. The Marines initially said the civilians died in the same blast that killed Terrazas, but witnesses and doctors claim the civilians died the next day when the Marines went on a rampage of revenge. A video obtained by Time from an Iraqi journalism student appears to back up the Iraqis' claim. McGirk deserves credit for pushing ahead with a difficult investigation despite the military's initial denials.


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