The left seems to be consumed with glee over what they have been touting as the Mỹ Lai Massacre replay in Iraq. Why oh why do they (Bill Maher in particular) jump at ANY chance to vilify American troops?
During the initial invasion I always thought much of the civilian casualty was caused by the opposition. That's what *I* would do if I were them (especially after seeing the protests here and the pressure the President was under from pacifist groups). Now, I'm not saying that war doesn't cause civilian deaths, but if the initial bombing was going as awry as the media would have had us believe -we have been wasting LOTS of money on technology and pilots... Would you put it past Hakuna Matata (or whatever that chubby dudes name is) to kill his own people and blame it on us?
Back to the point, I have no problem believing that terrorists are killing civilians themselves to make sure we don't "win hearts and minds" and that's what the military is saying happened this time also--
"U.S. commanders in Iraq on Monday accused powerful Shi'ite groups of moving the corpses of gunmen killed in battle to encourage accusations that U.S.-led troops massacred unarmed worshippers in a mosque.
"After the fact, someone went in and made the scene look different from what it was. There's been huge misinformation," Lieutenant General Peter Chiarelli, the second-ranking U.S. commander in Iraq, said.
He rejected the accusations of a massacre that prompted the Shi'ite-led government to demand U.S. forces cede control of security but declined to spell out which group he believed moved the bodies." (source)
(Does 37 people constitute a massacre?)
And on the subject of sick and deprived things happening in Iraq (in the name of Allah), did you hear about the doctor that was killing soldiers and police officers? When they were coming into the hospital after being attacked by suicide bombers or IEDs --this doctor would act like he was going to treat them, but instead finishing the job off for the "insurgents". 'Aint that some shit?
"...Many of the wounded were almost certain to die because one of the doctors at the Republic Hospital was a member of an insurgent cell. Pretending to treat the injured men, he killed 43 of them by secretly administering lethal injections, a police inquiry has revealed." (source)
I guess the Qur'an trumps that there Hippocratic Oath huh?