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Ali is an economist and political analyst, working at a private UK-based company. He worked previously at the World Health Organisation and has an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS. You can follow him on Twitter (@alialsaffar).

Haditha

On the 19th of November 2005, 24 civilians were murdered in their homes by US marines in Haditha. The massacre gained world-wide notoriety, films were made and books were written, but today, it seems that the last remaining marine who was put on trial for the crime (there were 8 initially, 6 were dismissed, 1 acquitted), Sgt. Frank Wuterich, will soon be freed.

I am yet to hear any sort of an outcry from the Iraqi government, not the prime minister, the spokesman, our justice ministry, our foreign ministry, our parliament or any of the 275 members that populate it and that are supposed to be representing Iraqis across the country. I understand that its election time and everyone’s busy, but surely, a travesty of this magnitude cannot be overlooked.

“I couldn’t see their faces very well—only their guns sticking into the doorway. I watched them shoot my grandfather, first in the chest and then in the head. Then they killed my granny.” She claims the troops started firing toward the corner of the room where she and her younger brother Abdul Rahman, 8, were hiding; the other adults shielded the children from the bullets but died in the process. Eman says her leg was hit by a piece of metal and Abdul Rahman was shot near his shoulder. “We were lying there, bleeding, and it hurt so much.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1174649-2,00.html#ixzz0j0diy7wZ

One Comment on “Haditha”

  1. Ali Latif March 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    Hmmm, seeing as most of the parliamentary blocs are allied to, have been or are still involved in some degree of violence, stones and glass houses come to mind.

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