[R-G] 'We Have a Haditha Every Day' -- TAKE ACTION!
james m nordlund
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Sun Jun 4 12:20:44 MDT 2006
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'We Have a Haditha Every Day'
As horrible as the November 2005 massacre in Haditha was, it appears to be
the tip of the iceberg. Today's news brings reports of another alleged
killing of civilians by U.S. troops in Iraq, including a 6-month-old baby,
While the details of that incident remain murky, the story of Haditha has
now been told in chilling detail by numerous respected sources. In a
several-hour-long rampage, a group of U.S. Marines shot 24 Iraqi civilians
execution-style, at close range -- among them a 77-year-old amputee
to a wheelchair and seven children ranging in age from 1 to 15. A
41-year-old woman was killed while trying to shield the youngest baby with
U.S. soldiers shot these innocent people. But ultimately, it was U.S.
that killed them. We need to be sure that all of those responsible for
deaths are held accountable -- not just the individual Marines who snapped
and committed terrible atrocities, but every politician from Congress to
White House who has supported this indefensible war.
We need to keep the public dialogue going about Haditha, the war, and
political accountability. We encourage you to call into the talk shows on
your local radio stations and to write letters to the editors of your
newspapers. (Click here to find contact information for your local media
See our talking points for more detailed ideas about how to frame the
We must also bring the truth of this tragedy home to our communities. The
Iraqi victims of this war have too often been faceless, nameless,
With the Haditha massacre, we know the names and ages of the 24 victims,
we know how they died: Presenting this publicly is a powerful way to
dramatize the horrors of this war.
We have posted a list of the names, ages, and genders of the Haditha
victims, as well as individual posters you can download representing each
the 24, on our website. We encourage you to hold public events in your
community using this information.
Have 24 people stand vigil in a high-profile location, each holding a sign
with details about one of the Haditha victims. To make the event
powerful, try to find people whose ages correspond with those who were
You can highlight the number of deaths by holding a 24-minute or 24-hour
vigil in your community.
If you already hold a weekly vigil, you can re-frame your next gathering
along these lines. If you don't have a regular vigil in your community
this is an occasion to start one. To be most effective, events should be
held sometime during this coming week.
Make sure to post your event on our website calendar, and let your local
media know that it is happening. A sample press release will soon be
available on our website.
Whatever you do, please send reports of your events to
grassroots at unitedforpeace.org.
Some will ask why we are focusing so specifically on these deaths, when so
many thousands of others have needlessly died, including nearly 2,500 U.S.
The reason is this: This war is wrong not just because U.S. soldiers are
dying, or because the Bush Administration lied to us, or even because we
desperately need the close to $300 billion spent on the war to rebuild the
Gulf Coast and to address the rest of our country's neglected needs.
We need to end the war now, because we are killing innocent human beings
every single day. Every day that we keep our soldiers in Iraq, we are
putting them in atrocity-producing situations. Though U.S. Congressmember
John Murtha called it "the worst rampage by service members in the Iraq
war," Haditha, just like the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, isn't remarkable
because of what happened there on November 19, 2005, but because it
to be one of the few horrific incidents we've forced ourselves to look at.
As Muhanned Jasim, an Iraqi merchant, quoted by Molly Ivins in her June 1
column, said, "We have a Haditha every day."
We must end the war in Iraq, and bring all the troops home -- NOW.
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