Friday, May 26, 2006

American parallels

The parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq wars are becoming painfully obvious if they weren't before.

Vietnam had the My Lai massacre. Iraq may now have its own version: Haditha.

The circumstances of what might be a cold-blooded massacre of civilians are eerily similar to the one in Vietnam. Charges of "murder, negligent homicide, dereliction of duty and filing a false report" may be filed against several Marines after they apparently retaliated to a roadside bomb (resulting in the death of an American soldier) by killing unarmed women and children in a village north of Baghdad. Current reports of the death toll vary: the military says 15, while a Republican lawmaker says 24 were murdered.

There is absolutely no excuse for this.

This is sorry state of affairs. Consider that another blow has been struck against an increasingly unpopular war, especially when it robs soldiers of their humanity.

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