Saturday, June 10, 2006
One quote from Tim McGirk's March 27 story in Time jumped out at me. I've probably seen it before, but for whatever reason it didn't click until now.
Dr. Wahid, director of the local hospital in Haditha, who asked that his family name be withheld because, he says, he fears reprisals by U.S. troops, says the Marines brought 24 bodies to his hospital around midnight on Nov. 19. Dr. Wahid, director of the local hospital in Haditha, who asked that his family name be withheld because, he says, he fears reprisals by U.S. troops, says the Marines brought 24 bodies to his hospital around midnight on Nov. 19. Wahid says the Marines claimed the victims had been killed by shrapnel from the roadside bomb. "But it was obvious to us that there were no organs slashed by shrapnel," Wahid says. "The bullet wounds were very apparent. Most of the victims were shot in the chest and the head–from close range." (Emphasis mine.)Now, focusing on just one element of that quote from McGirk's story, let's assume that Dr. Wahid (Walid?) is in fact the director of the local hospital where Marines took 24 (or whatever number) bodies on or about 19 Nov 05. Let's assume further that Haditha is in fact a haven for insurgents, and that the vast majority of the population is fervently anti-American, and won't help Americans in any way. How does it make sense that the Marines would not know, or could not easily discover, the identity of the director of the local hospital?
My B.S. detector alarm nearly deafened me when I read that the good doctor didn't want his family name published because "he fears reprisals from U.S. troops." He knows damn well that the U.S. forces could ID him in a heartbeat, and if reprisals were a legitimate concern, he'd never give another interview to anyone. If he really was concerned about reprisals, he would have gotten outta Dodge a long time ago.
The more I learn about Haditha the more I think it's likely that the whole thing was a frame-up, and the American lamestream media are verging on treason by reporting it uncritically.