Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Haditha Documentary

A British documentary maker, Nick Broomfield, is going to start filming his version of the Haditha incident in Jordan this November.

For me, this statement from the man who made Kurt and Courtney and Biggie & Tupac pretty much said all that needed to be known about the film:

"It's a narrative film," said Broomfield. "You don't want to end up stymied by everything having to be completely authenticated." (source)

"On November 19 2005, a roadside bomb in the Sunni town of Haditha killed Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas. The US military initially claimed that 15 civilians had died in the blast, but then said that the civilians were accidentally shot by marines during a gun battle with insurgents. However, eyewitness accounts and a video shot by a local journalist have suggested that the civilian deaths were revenge killings."(source)

This is not to be confused with the alleged shooting of an Iraqi man in Hamdania where three of the Marines are about to be tried for murder (without the possibility of the death sentence).

When Colby Buzzell was on '76 Underground he told Ghost and I that Iraqi civilians were being paid good money to plant IEDs... How do our troops discourage that? And nevermind the fact that tons of weapons caches have been found in Haditha Mosques...

And does it seem a bit bizarre that the lead Marine, Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich (pictured) is being recommended for a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguished service. What is the truth here?

They still have the benefit of my doubt.

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